Brand me unpatriotic, accuse me of treason and call me every name in the book, but a part of me does not want England to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.
Believe it or not, it may be what we need - a realisation that we aren't up there with the best. Let's face it, we've won the World Cup on home soil, semi-final once in 1990, reached a European Championship semi-final twice in 1968 and on home soil in EURO 1996.
Although many of you out there see England as a common asset to international tournaments, we actually didn't qualify for the World Cup in 1974, 1978 or 1994 or the EUROs in1964, 1972,1976, 1984 or 2008.
Other than that we usually crash out in the quarter finals and it's usually at the hands of Portugal.
So most of you reading this will have seen England not qualify for the World Cup once and the EUROs once. You will all have seen the pompous fans saying 'this is our year' and, apart from that, you've all seen great disappointment when the team comes home early.
England's squad is very young, only Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole from the latest squad have played in five tournaments. As harsh as it sounds, not qualifying might usher them out of the squad, giving us three years to bring younger models into the side (step in Ravel Morrison and Ross Barkley) and then start a real pursuit for the World Cup and the EUROs rather than sending a fairly unchanged squad and getting the same results.
We all love World Cup fever and we love watching our home country on the world stage, but just imagine if we weren't there. That would cause great controversy and make English football act evasively; frantically trying to breed young talent and sign English players.
Brazil, Spain, Germany. All of the main challengers at the next World Cup and all with a long-list of home grown talent dominating their domestic leagues and scattered across Europe. That is what we need.
Remember the age when David Beckham, Michael Owen, Jonathan Woodgate and Steve McManaman all played for Real Madrid? And before that Gary Lineker was at Barcelona. We need raw talent that could get into these top European sides agaib and lead our competitive campaign.
I'm not going to go into a Football Manager style youth report about who has got the potential, but all we need is an English revolution.
And revolution is sparked when you find yourself at the bottom, as happened when we didn't qualify for EURO '64 then won the World Cup. For so long we've been in the top 10 but actually never better than seventh and now it's time to be hit by the epiphany that English football needs change. It's either go to Brazil and get the same old story or stay at home and revise our options.
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