England coach Fabio Capello has run through the nation's young players who could feature in the European Championship qualifying campaign.
However, his knowledge of the players who could yet emerge as regular internationals over the next two years was alarmingly sketchy.
"We have spoken about this," he said.
"Me and the staff, also with Sir Dave Richards, about the players that are coming through and can be with us. I think we are finding two or three new players, probably.
"Adam Johnson is one. Another is Kieran Gibbs, the Arsenal left-back. Also (Michael) Dawson. He is not young but he is back. Also we have (Gabriel) Agbonlahor and (Bobby) Zamora. He is not young but he was injured this time. We spoke about this. Another player I hope will be fit is (Owen) Hargreaves.
"I hope (Theo) Walcott will recover and his back and shoulder is okay. (Jack) Wilshire is another interesting player, another good player, who we are looking for."
But there is a fundamental problem, he argued.
"I understand one thing," he said.
"The English players arrive at the end of the season tired.
"In every game we played in this period, in the seven games, I never saw the players that I could see all the time in the autumn, before Christmas or even a month or two after. When I arrived here, I don't understand what happened. They are the same players. But what happened? Look, I understand now more things, more things."