and so end another appalling decade for the english national team. started with so much promise. united finally clicked in europe, we looked like we could actually have a half decent euros. we all know how that one turned out. our record this decade is : 2000 first round humiliation 2002 quarter final loss to champions, great chance to win blown 2004 quarter final loss to minnows, chance blown 2006 quarter final loss to minnows, 2008 did not qualify. so, two absolute humiliations, and not even a single semi final appearance, so nowhere near winning anything. pretty shit. compare to others: brazil= wc win 02, semi 06, copa am 04 and 07, confed cup 05 and 09 germany=wc final 02, semi 06, final 08 spain= euro win 08, confed cup semi 09 france= euro win 00, wc final 06, confed cup wins 01 and 03 italy= euro final 00, wc win 06 portugal= euro semi 00, euro final 04, wc semi 06 holland= euro semi 00 and 04 argentina= copa am final 04 and 07, confed cup final 05 turkey= wc semi 02, euro semi 08 greece= euro win 04 czech= euro semi 04 anyone want to offer any explanations? this is not exactly a one off. it does appear to happen to england that most decades go by without us reaching semi finals, with us suffering first round kos and also not even qualifying, which, whilst one of these may happen occasionaly to our rivals, happens all the f'ing time to england. this decade was an incredible ride for our clubs. we can be said to be once again the masters of club football around the world, a position we have been at for the majority of the 150 years of association footballs history. but once again the nt has floundered miserably. who here would be surprised to be reading the same stats for the 2010s? and what can be done to avoid the same fate? (just to point out that it is too late to do anything for 2010s anyway as a generation of players cannot be churned out overnight. the best anyone could do is to lay the foundations in place so that the 2020s are an improvement) i suggest we start with a little revoution, and shoot all people associated with the admin for the nt, ala stalin, and start a new. becuase clearly this antiquated system we have in place, this gravy train for incompentents which has been in operation since the dark ages, has failed and failed and failed and has somehow managed to keep itself alive. now we have another set of clowns, at the top lord triesman on 100k pa to massage the pimples on his own behind, running the show. we have a nt manager on 6m pa, which, though i love capello, is an absolute joke, especially seeing what the other nt managers are earnng, and , i hate to say it, but the odds are heavily stacked againt him dragging our shambles of a nt anywhere close to winning anything. we have a coaching system which is incapable of producing coaches and utterly incapable of training english players to the standards of the modern day game. yet, still it goes on. oh well, heres to another decade of having our team humiliated in all corners of the globe to whichever rag tag bunch of mongrels choose to humble us. thanks so much , fa, for being such effective 'guardians of our game', your all doing such a great job!