The number of England-qualified players starting in the Premier League crashed to an all-time low last season.
BBC Sport research has found that only 170 of the 498 players who started matches in the top flight in 2007-08 were English - just 34.1% of the total.
It marks a big slide from 2006-07, when 191 (38%) of the starters were English. The previous low came in 2002-03 - that season, 179 English players appeared in Premier League starting XIs.
The English numbers are considerably worse than Scotland's. OK, the Scots aren't going to Euro 2008 either but they made a better fist of qualifying than we did, in a far tougher group.
Need I point out the other major leagues in Europe also fare much better in this regard than England?
When asked about these numbers on Tuesday, Fabio Capello played a very straight bat (those English lessons are really paying off).
He gave the kind of "quality not quantity" response Premier League officials reach for whenever somebody suggests the clubs bear some responsibility for the national side's struggles on the international stage.
But he did reveal a chink of what his real feelings must be - the numbers speak for themselves, I could use a few more options.
Sepp Blatter thinks he knows what is needed - quotas. Limit the number of starting places available to foreign players and you give local lads the chance to play and develop.
A nice idea, perhaps, but will it work? Will it even be given a chance to work? As far as European Union employment law goes, footballers really are the same as painters and plumbers.
Perhaps that is closer to the (inconvenient) truth for the England national side. Is our problem not that we have too many foreign artists playing in our domestic league, it's that we have too many English artisans?