England's recent loss to Chile on Friday was a firm reality check for both the fans and the team.
After success against Montenegro and Poland, there was a certain hype around The Three Lions and new talents like Andros Townsend were a breathe of fresh air into the England camp.
However England were soon brought back down to earth against the South American side. They were completely outplayed by Chile and ran ragged for 90 minutes. The game exposed a lot of holes in the England setup.
The problem has been poor planning from the European Championships in 2012. It was another 'vintage' England performance in a major tournament as they crashed out in the quarter-finals.
It seems that we are content to reach the last eight. For the class that we had, especially in the 2004 Euros and 2006 World Cup, it is just not good enough.
And an even bigger problem is that England have not planned since the failed campaign on the Euros.
There are new additions to the squad - Townsend and Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge are shining at their clubs and have become key to England's recent success. But there is still very much still the same squad since England's last tournament.
Captain Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Michael Carrick are England's three main central midfielder's. They are all well into there thirties. I'm afraid to say you cannot win major tournaments with three central midfielder's above 30. Especially with the World Cup being in Brazil, the blistering heat along with playing two games a week will prove too much.
Jordan Henderson, despite the level of criticism as he gets, is rightfully in the squad. He's starting for a side every week who are second in the league - that is enough justification as you need.
However Henderson's role should have been looked it straight after Euro 2012. He was one of England's rising talents and his £18million move to Liverpool only furthered this. Roy Hodgson and his staff should have sat down after the tournament and looked at the future.
Henderson should have initially been given a much bigger role within World Cup qualifiers. It was a win-win for Hodgson - if he did well then Hodgson is a genius, if not he could bring the veterans back in.
However the national manager has now realised six months before the World Cup just how much England are going to struggle. He's brought in Adam Lallana, which many fans agree with. Yet, the Southampton man's call up is also a year too late.
Southampton struggled last year in the Premier League but Lallana shone and had a lot of hype around him. Then was the time for him to come into the squad and play against weaker international sides instead of being thrown into the deep end.
It is all but too late for Hodgson now. If there is an England fan who believes we can win the World Cup then they must think they're going to win the lottery every Saturday.
Let's start looking at the 2018 World Cup now. It is looking likely Steven Gerrard could retire from international duty after the tournament in Brazil next year. He's been unbelievable for the Three Lions down the years, however it's coming at the right time.
I'd like to see Frank Lampard do the same. At 35, he's not making another major tournament after this World Cup approaching. If he doesn't Lampard still shouldn't be considered for qualifiers for the 2016 Euros.
Hodgson has to look at fresh talent like Lallana, Henderson and Ross Barkley otherwise England are never going to look ready for tournaments in the future.
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