Leaving out Terry was only the beginning of the problems to come. I am convinced bringing Jermain Defoe would have been a positive move. I can never understand omitting players with leadership qualities especially when you select 11 guys to a job for you and 10 of them don't have the clout to the get the job done.
The England team of 1990 with Gary Lineker, Paul Gasgoigne and David Platt would not have gone home at the group stage, therefore I ask the question, ''Is Wayne Rooney the only world class player England have''? If the answer is Yes then they have a massive problem. I also believe young star players do not have much respect for ageing gentlemen like Roy Hodgson because they do not know who he is. Did he play football? Did he win honours at football? Did he represent England? Questions Questions...... and in training if you cannot demonstrate to players directly what you expect them to do, then its curtains and they just switch off. I know the argument to that question will be ''What about Sir Alex''? Well Sir Alex ran UTD like a dictatorship but he WON trophies so if you can win trophies who cares?. Roy has won nothing in his career, well nothing of substantial value so young players do not believe he can motivate them or help them aspire to the next level.
The schedule of fixtures in English football is a joke. The season is the longest in all world leagues and by the time the prem players reach a big championship they are physically exhausted. Going forward that will all have to change. Maybe a few weeks break at Christmas and not playing on Christmas Eve or St Stephen's/Boxing Day.
England need stronger players who are mentally tougher. They need better guidance and training methods, and they need to start winning trophies otherwise the pressure will get even more immense.