Once the dust has settled on England's disastrous World Cup campaign the FA's hierarchy will, I am sure, conduct a full review on what went wrong and how they can improve our chances for future tournaments.
Roy Hodgson's future will also be debated but the England manager, I am convinced, will stay on and guide England through European Championship qualification and on to France in 2016.
Hodgson has conducted himself fantastically throughout his tenure as manager and his dealings with the press, the protection of his young players and his acceptance of defeat are lessons that we should admire and congratulate him on. He is also not a man who will rest on his laurels and will be already looking to the future for his team.
Lessons will be learned
Tactically Hodgson may have made errors, such as playing Rooney wide left in the first group match against Italy, but he, like his team will have learnt a lot from their Brazilian experience.
Luckily for Hodgson there was not the usual hype surrounding the side as they set off for Brazil. All too often the press and general public build the side, and their chances, up and then are quick to criticise once the side is eliminated. We were all much more realistic this time round.
However, despite the fact that there was less pressure and expectation, it still does not make us feel any less disappointed at the outcome. Our first exit at the group stage since 1958, without a win, is deeply embarrassing.
Hodgson: Long-term appointment
Hodgson though is in this for the long term. He has identified a group of young players who he hopes to develop together to form a strong squad for future tournaments. There is some real talent in the team and they are capable of playing some attractive attacking football but they also need to ensure that they are less naive and make sure they account for every little detail in match situations. Against Italy and Uruguay they were undone by errors but hopefully,
over time, they will learn to eradicate these from their game.
The FA, in their post-mortem, will no doubt look at the structure of the game in the country from grass roots football to coaching and to the influence of the Premier League but those are arguments that will focus on the long-term improvements of our national side. Roy Hodgson, at this moment in time, is the man to lead England through European championship qualification and on to France in two years time where we will hope to see a vast improvement on their World Cup form.
Looking to the future
England will begin their European qualification campaign on September 8 in Switzerland and will possibly do so without the likes of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard thus placing more onus and hope on the young players.
What we need to do now is support the team, and Roy Hodgson, and give them every opportunity to succeed in the future. What England need is continuity and a sound short-term and long-term plan that may, at some point in the future, bring success.
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