...nearly a decade...and it was Toby Flood-less. Any coincidence? I think not. But will they learn from this?
...as it started. With a Kevin Pietersen orchestrated mess. Though in classic Andrew Strauss style as he quit cricket completely he played down the chance to stick the knife in.
...gone in tests. England go into today's one day international against South Africa trying to hang onto their top place in the rankings for the 50 over game but the one that really matters is gone.
...undercooked. Just imagine what an embarrassment for the number one ranked team in the world it could have been if the visiting South Africans were on top form.
...stop the world. Stuart Lancaster was really the only option for the England Rugby head coach, so much so that even an English sporting regulatory body couldn't screw it up.
...changed a country. In his own quiet way Basil D'Oliveira probably changed South Africa and the fortunes of it's people more than anyone else.
...propensity to choke. You can't weigh up England at this World Cup, they tie with and beat tournament favourites while struggling and losing to minnows, so defeat to Bangladesh then?
...way. England batting, bowling and fielding like bums shouldn't take away from a great victory by Ireland in the World Cup or the great innings by Kevin O'Brien.
...comfort him. And here we have a picture of the despot meeting a close friend.
...Fabio. Neither have I claimed you are a monster, rather I put you firmly in the Italian version of Sven Goran-Eriksson as England manager, you beat little teams in qualifying but are out of our depth when the real thing comes round.
..live last night. I had far better things to do with my time and after all they never watched me when I was crap. But I knew they'd struggle against poor opposition but win and many would claim it as a new dawn for Fabio's side.
...well you don't. You want the same old usual suspects with the addition of Bobby Zamora. This is Fabio Capello's idea on how to take England on from the debacle that was the World Cup.
...World Cup. It epitomised pretty much what had happened in most of the previous 63 games throughout this last 31 days of the 19th FIFA World Cup. As the Dutch played a scummy game and got what they deserved.
...or should that be England 2. That's what it would have been on paper after the German's stuffed Maradonna's lot in the quarter-final on Saturday, of course on actual grass it probably would have somewhat different.
...aren't you Germany. Not only did the German's thrash us at our own game in the World Cup but now they're doing a damn fine job of analysing the problems with the England team as Thomas Mueller says there's too many alpha males.