With Wayne Rooneyâ€™s Âreputation as one of the worldâ€™s top strikers and talent like Ashley Cole, Aaron Lennon and Gareth Barry around the periphery, England were widely tipped for greatness in South Africa.
Cole told the Sunday Mirror: â€śListen, no one pulls the England shirt on with more pride than me, but weâ€™ve got to face up to the Âreality of it all â€“ weâ€™re just not good enough.
â€śItâ€™s not for me to decide where we go from here, but we have got to change the way we play completely.
â€śEvery team I have played for â€“ from West Ham to ÂChelsea to England â€“ have always wanted to hit the front men as early as possible.
â€śYou wonâ€™t get away with that at international level. Itâ€™s about technique, kÂeeping Âcontrol of the ball, passing and moving.
â€śIf you keep the ball then you control the game.
â€śI was brought up that way and I donâ€™t know why it wasnâ€™t the same for everyone else because thatâ€™s always been the way forward. Maybe itâ€™s time to really look at how we are teaching kids to play.â€ť