England's stand-in skipper Rio Ferdinand has branded the pre-Fabio Capello era England set-up as "a bit of a circus".
The Manchester United star reckons the celebrity culture, which peaked during the Wags media frenzy at the 2006 World Cup in Germany, had a corrosive effect on the team.
Now, Rio has not exactly shied away from football's obsession with celebrity status and living the high life in the past.
But he's a bit more grown up these days, so it's refreshing to hear him being honest about the mistakes of the past.
Okay, maybe he's sucking up to Don Fabio at the same time, but what do you make of his comments?