No matter how much we complain that Frank Lampard’s goal should have stood and that might have changed the match, the truth is England were outplayed in every department. As the Telegraph puts it, “Capello’s defence were a collection of hesitant strangers, his midfield painfully less than the sum of their celebrated parts and the attack anonymous”. That just about sums it up.
Blame, recriminations and soul searching – there will be plenty of talk over the next few weeks. Then the country can settle back and remember 1966 and hope things will be better next time.