England legend Terry Butcher has questioned the commitment of today's players to the Three Lions shirt.
England tamely exited the World Cup with a dismal 4-1 defeat to Germany yesterday, prompting the start of the inevitable inquest into their failings.
And Butcher told Sky Sports News: "Does it mean as much to play for your country as it did before? I don't think it does.
"They don't get paid by England, they get paid by their clubs, so you can understand the manager saying 'don't get injured, you've got a big Champions League match, a big game in the Premier League next week'.
"I don't think our players are totally committed to England as they have been in the past because they have to play these big games for their clubs.
"If you look at the Germans, and other countries as well, it means a hell of a lot to play for their country."