The optimism of recent weeks has been well washed away over these past three Euro 2016 group games. The youthful vigour which had epitomised not only England's pre-tournament form, but also the cornerstone on which this England side was built – in Leicester and Spurs players – led us to believe this would be different. But it isn't.
We've limped through into the knockout stage with one win. A win that came in injury time, I may add. This isn't good enough. By a long way. Where are the flair players? Why did we take a risk on Wilshere? How is Roy Hodgson going to inspire victory?
Our best opportunity came on the break, through Vardy, doing what he did all season at Leicester, hitting Slovakia on the counter and going straight in on the keeper. That's a good plan B. But it wasn't a 'plan B' game. It was arguably a 'plan C' game. Slaven Bilic joked after the final whistle that Andy Carroll should have played. But that wasn't a joke. That was an acute observation. In tight matches, we've got no other options. No game changers.
Why didn't Andy Carroll go?
The problem with 'plan C' is that it requires width. We don't have it. A nation of inverted full-backs we have become, when once we were graced with so many wingers flying up and down the flanks. Would the raw talent of Wilfried Zaha be able to unpick these defences? Why not Premier League winning Marc Albrighton? Did we really opt for filling the squad with Roy's pity project in a dozen Liverpool players?
Where are all the English wingers?
Why can't England build a squad of complimenting parts that has a function for a set of likely scenarios, instead of being picked by the media and by who's got the biggest Twitter following?
How is Roy the highest paid manager at this tournament?
I've got a lot of questions that will never be answered. How far can we go? We're about to find that out. The number of matches England win at major tournaments should be extremely concerning to someone in charge at the FA. But I see no evidence that there's a desire to change anything. Without change we will not improve.