Before a World Cup, it is customary for the English media to create unrealistic hype about the Three Lions bringing back football's biggest prize. Expect nothing else if England qualify for the finals in Rio; but the media like everyone else know that England winning the World Cup is incredibly unlikely.

Next year, assuming England qualify, the most likely outcome is an underwhelming exit at the group stages. Unless there is a rapid transformation in the way our young players our developed then it is unlikely England will win anything for the foreseeable future.

Look at England's current squad: Gerrard and Lampard ageing with no clear replacements lined up, strikers that still rely on physical presence and players that look technically poor when compared to their German and Spanish counterparts.

Even countries like Belgium, who boast the likes of Eden Hazard and Vincent Kompany, have surpassed England in terms of footballing talent and arguably have a more competitive chance at the World Cup next year.

If Greg Dyke is serious about challenging in 2022 then he must orchestrate a complete reshaping of the youth systems in clubs.

He must enforce strict rules that make Premier League teams put British players in their squads; as opposed to the weak rule that dictates a minimum of 5 homegrown players must be in squads. Equally an emphasis must be placed on producing technically gifted players instead of the traditionally big and quick players, whose effect is rapidly diminishing on the international stage.

Will these changes actually be implemented though? It is extremely unlikely. With the FA's power being limited ever more, being dwarfed by the gigantic Premier League, it seems unrealistic to expect them to persuade the Premier League giants to promote more English talent.

With more and more money being made available to clubs through TV rights, there is far more attraction to bring in technical players from the continent rather than produce it through youth academies.

But whilst clubs receive ever-increasing pay packets from the media and commercial business, and the temptation to buy ready-made foreign talent gets stronger, there is a fear that the gifted players required to compete on the international stage will fall away, and England will face more disappointment. 

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