What next for England?
World Cup 2010: Rustenburg
England's World Cup squad went their separate ways after returning from the South Africa debacle - with many wondering if they will ever get the chance to repair the damage inflicted on their reputations.
Fabio Capello will discover within weeks if he will take charge of the friendly against Hungary at Wembley in August, but the uncertainty does not only apply to England's Italian coach.
As England landed at Heathrow to a torrent of deserved criticism, speculation about Capello's future was accompanied by debate about who will survive the savage cuts that will surely come after the last 16 exit against Germany.
The cry for England's youth to be given its chance is inevitable and understandable - but is there enough around to effect the radical changes so obviously needed after the brutal exposure of Capello's team by the youthful, energetic and gifted Germans in Bloemfontein?
Wright-Phillips made an appearance in three of England's four games, but failed to shine (Photo: Getty)
Capello gave a hint to his future thinking and who might now be allowed to bring fresh blood to this stale and ageing England squad, that looked jaded in a desperate World Cup campaign.
Whether Capello gets the opportunity to implement the changes remains to be seen, but the usual young suspects will be named whoever is England coach when they next play.
Capello namechecked Arsenal duo Kieran Gibbs and Jack Wilshere, as well as Manchester City's Adam Johnson, who he may privately regret not taking to South Africa in the aftermath of poor performances from Aaron Lennon and Shaun Wright-Phillips.
He extended the age limit by also talking up the talents of Gabriel Agbonlahor, Owen Hargreaves and Bobby Zamora. The names were not received with a huge outbreak of national fervour and excitement as they left Capello's lips.
So who is in danger of being tossed into the England wilderness and who might get the chance to impress against Hungary?
England's pool of talent is not so deep that a large cross can be placed through the names of the majority of the squad that did their country such a disservice in South Africa.
Joe Hart will now be handed the opportunity to stake his claim to be England's number one goalkeeper. David James was one of the few players to survive with his good name intact from South Africa, but at almost 40 he does not represent the future.
James' time is surely up and he should go, along with West Ham United's Robert Green, whose entire career may now be defined by his mistake that gave Clint Dempsey a goal for the United States in England's opening game in Rustenburg.
Hart should play against Hungary, and Ben Foster must hope he will be able to revive his England career after quitting Manchester United for Birmingham.
Glen Johnson should survive because of a lack of serious rivals, while Gibbs may get the chance to demonstrate he is the natural successor to Ashley Cole. The youngster was hugely impressive at Arsenal until his season was curtailed by injury.
England's central defence was horribly exposed by Germany, and the time has come to also see who might finally replace the time-served central defensive partnership of John Terry and Rio Ferdinand.
They will survive when the next England era begins, but both look vulnerable now, while Matthew Upson was out of his depth against Germany, Ledley King's injury record will count against him and Liverpool's Jamie Carragher has returned to his interrupted international retirement.
Michael Dawson, 26 and still without a cap, was a spectator after replacing the injured Ferdinand in South Africa, and while Bolton Wanderers' Gary Cahill has been in England squads before, he is totally unproven at this elite level.
Everton's coveted teenager Jack Rodwell is another who is now likely to graduate from England's Under-21 team. He may eventually fill a place in central defence, but for now midfield looks his likely destination.
Wilshere showed flashes of his talent while on loan from Arsenal at Bolton last season (Photo: Getty)
In midfield, Michael Carrick's England future will be in jeopardy, while the same should apply to Wright-Phillips after his poor World Cup.
Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard will continue to occupy places in England's midfield, although at 30 and 32 respectively they cannot be counted on for 2014. The same applies to Gareth Barry, so there are holes to be filled.
James Milner did not have a major impact out here, but showed enough to suggest he may adapt eventually, either in a wide position in a central position. Out wide, England will feel they have options, with Theo Walcott still having time to come good, Ashley Young developing at Aston Villa and Manchester City's Johnson arguably the most interesting option of all.
Tall with an ability to play on either flank, he made great strides after moving to Eastlands from Middlesbrough in January, and should get his chance against the Magyars.
Arsenal youngster Wilshere is regarded as one for the future, but is clearly nowhere near the finished article, and this season's internationals may come too soon for him.
Wayne Rooney will be 28 by the time the next World Cup comes around, but he should still be England's main striker. Emile Heskey must finally be jettisoned, while Peter Crouch will wonder if he will ever get the chance to play regularly for his country.
Agbonlahor has a chance to press home his claims, but again there are question marks over whether he is international class.
England's Under-17 team that won the European Championship recently is spearheaded by Ipswich Town youngster Connor Wickham, and hopes are high in the international set up that he will develop into an outstanding player.
The fall-out from South Africa will cover England for months, and with qualifiers for Euro 2012 on the horizon, there is no time to lose. It underlines the scale of the task awaiting either Capello or his eventual successor.
WHO WILL GO AND WHO WILL STAY FROM ENGLAND'S WORLD CUP SQUAD?
STAY: Hart, G.Johnson, A. Cole, Terry, Dawson, Ferdinand, Lennon, Gerrard, Lampard, Barry, Milner, Rooney, Defoe, Crouch.
GO: Green, Upson, Carragher, Wright-Phillips, Heskey, Carrick.
IN DANGER: James, J. Cole, Warnock.
CONTENDERS: Gibbs, Cahill, Wilshere, A. Johnson, Agbonlahor, Rodwell, Walcott, Wickham.