England manager Roy Hodgson has finally admitted his squad may lack the quality to win or even compete at the European Championship Finals next year in France.
According to the BBC, the 68-year-old boss - who succeeded Fabio Capello in 2012 - believes they lack the type of player who can make a difference.
"If we fail (in France next year) it might just be because some of the teams that beat us have got that player or two who can turn a game.
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"It's still six or seven months away and I'm optimistic, positive and hopeful. This group of players won't let anyone down in terms of their attitude and desire," he added.
"If they do fail it might just be because of inexperience or a lack of quality."
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In effect, the England manager doesn't believe he has the kind of player that can change the course of a game against top opposition.
England fans may have rather mixed feelings about such a statement.
Despite qualifying from their group with relative ease and with a 100% record, they struggled against real quality when they played Spain in a recent friendly.
Beating France some days later was almost irrelevant after the awful tragedy in Paris that same week.
Pundits and fans alike are understandably cautious about England's prospects next year. Most are hoping the Three Lions have turned a bit of a corner since their dismal showing at last year's World Cup.
However, many are keeping their feet firmly on the ground this time, knowing that much expectation breeds the potential for heavy disappointment.
The last time England beat a country regarded as "top opposition" at an international tournament was in the 2002 World Cup in Japan.
A David Beckham spot-kick made the difference against Argentina in a 1-0 group stage win.
Prior to that, it was against the Netherlands in 1996 at Wembley, in the European Championships.
Such a lack of success against these sort of teams is evidence enough that England have rarely had the kind of quality fans and pundits expected.
Hodgson's admittance that they basically don't have a player who can change a game suggests one of two things.
Either as a country, England don't produce good enough players consistently enough, or they do, but are not being coached properly or given enough of a chance at the right time.
Therefore, the best Hodgson can hope for next year is a success based on the hard working premise that unexpectedly won Greece the finals in 2004.
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