You only have to look at the fact that we didn’t qualify for two World Cups (1974 and 1978) and a Euro finals (1976) – in a decade when the number of foreign players in England was tiny – to realise Becks is right.
What he fails to go on to say is that it can only be the players’ attitude that makes us fail. We’ve got a crop of great players. They’re winners in the most competitive league in the world. Yet they can’t seem to translate club form into international form. It can only be a mental thing, surely?
Maybe Glenn Hoddle was right – it is all in the mind. Anyone got Eileen’s number?