Premier League lacking English talent
A semi-final appearance (at least) at the World Cup or European Championships is the Football Association's stated ambition. It might not seem too demanding for a nation which has dominated this season's Champions League, but take a look at the figures.
The number of Englishmen playing top-flight football in their own country has never been lower.
We have counted up all the English players who started in the Premier League last season. It adds up to 170 (or 34% of the total), which is significantly down from the 191 English players who started a match in 2006-07.
To give you an idea how we compiled the numbers, we classified an 'English player' as anyone who is eligible to be picked by England.
So that means somebody like Manchester City's Kelvin Etuhu, who was born in Nigeria but says he wants to play for England, is classed as English.
However, his brother, Dickson Etuhu, at Sunderland is classed as Nigerian as he has represented his native country at international level.
It can get quite complicated and the Premier League points out that counting up the number of players is a "blunt and misleading" measure.
Its argument is that Capello needs a strong, elite group of players - and point to the fact that 10 English-qualified players appeared in the Champions League final.
It also sees youth development as the key to developing a successful England team, rather than artificially packing Premier League line-ups with sub-standard English players.
That, of course, is Sepp Blatter's solution - he continues to propose a "six plus five" quota system, where the number of foreign players would be limited to five per starting line-up.
We worked out how many of the Premier League starting line-ups last season would have met his proposal. The answer is only 18%.
However, it is interesting to note the disparity between clubs: Aston Villa met the proposed quota requirement in 36 out of their 38 matches, while seven clubs, including Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool, never achieved it.
The comparison with Scotland is also interesting. There has undeniably been a shift towards more homegrown players in the SPL in recent years, with Rangers one of the clubs leading the way.
They - along with five other SPL clubs - met the "six plus five" proposal in all of their matches. In fact, Aberdeen averaged 9.18 Scottish players in their starting line-ups last season.
And if the final weekend of the season is anything to go by, the English Premier League also continues to lag behind its main European rivals in terms of homegrown players performing at the top level.
Serie A in Italy averaged 7.3 Italians in their starting 11s on the final day and La Liga had an average of 6.9 Spanish players per team.
The Premier League, by comparison, averaged 3.9 English players in the last round of matches.
It is also worth noting that while the likes of Spain's Fernando Torres and Cesc Fabregas are plying their trade in the Premier League, England has only one high-profile footballer playing abroad, 33-year-old David Beckham in the MLS with LA Galaxy.