After four games and some good moments, England are out of Euro 2012. Another quarter final exit.
The focus now should be on building a team to get us to the next quarter finals, that of world cup 2014. Easier said than done when a nation expects and the tools at hand are poor. But Roy is no ordinary craftsman.
I expect him to now ask each elderly statesman of the team: who would you mentor to take your place and better your achievements?
That’s the difference. Asking our players to share the burdens of scouting and coaching. To step up actively as mentors and to bring forth a new generation.
The issue will be the foundation. It is a defensive team. We need to weaken that defence but compensate that weakened structure with a crafty offensive. Who is the next gazza? Who can replace scholes? Where is our 2014 lineker?
Team building no matter what context and era, relies on a system that the members can slot into. England’s system will limit its potential unless we adjust it.
Looking forward to a great qualification period. Hopefully with a trip or two to see them at wembley.