British football has taken a battering in recent months.
Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales have all failed to make any genuine challenge to achieve World Cup qualification and England seem like they may just scrape it.
Regardless, the expectation levels have certainly hit a low as the so-called golden generation of English talent that achieved so little, has come to an end.
However, Britain has a lot of be pleased about this summer. Justin Rose won the US Open, joining Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell as British major champions in the last three years.
The Lions have just beaten Australia and won a Test series abroad for the first time in 16 years and most spectacularly, the Scottish workhorse that is Andy Murray finally overcame all the pressure to finally end our 77 year wait for a male British Wimbledon champion.
So why, whilst we all remain so obsessed with football, do our national teams remain lagging so far behind not only other countries, but our own country in other sports?
One argument is simply that football is the biggest sport globally and there are other nations with far larger populations that take football just as seriously as us. This leaves us with a less realistic chance of victory.
Indeed, it may hold true that the amount of footballing nations in existence is higher than most sports: there are 207 teams listed in the FIFA world rankings, from Spain to San Marino, whilst the ICC only recognise nine Test cricket teams.
However, it is simply not true that only nations with larger populations than the British are superior. Spain has a roughly similar population to the England and their footballing success in recent years is not represented accordingly.
In truth, we all know footballing development is distinctly linked to money and the level of a country's development and we aren't lacking in these departments.
The most plausible answer is the importance put on the national team by the sport. There has been a lot of talk about different footballing philosophies and fostering a particular brand of football from a very young age, creating more technically skilled players to compete on the international stage.
Perhaps the problem lies even deeper than the philosophies employed by managers at any level though. The passion displayed by the Lions, the English cricketers in the Ashes, Rose and Murray is something that we seldom see in many of our national football teams.
Some may feel that success and passion are self-perpetuating, the more success you have the more passion you create. I beg to differ. We created the fabulous game that is football, we love the Premier League and we love football more than any other sport so why not translate it when the players put on that shirt?
Once the English players start showing the passion that their respective colleagues do in the other sports perhaps we will stop talking about the need for such a total revamp of the English footballing system.
This is not to say that changes do not need to be made but rather that if success is to be had we must solve each problem one at a time.
If we can get our footballers more passionate about playing footballing internationally, we can begin to hold our own on the international stage.
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