Domestically, England has things no worse than other major European countries, while foreign Premier League players still manage to cope with the demanding schedule. Clearly, England's problems do lie at a deeper level.
I argue that the English should be more positive about our chances. We're too quick to attack and condemn our boys when they fail to deliver, but rarely offer praise and optimism should they do well. Here are five reasons why English football fans should be more optimistic about England's chances in the World Cup.
Vincent Kompany is widely accepted to be the single best defender in the league, but it's hard to pick another exceptional player to pair him with as the chasing pack are all too old, slow or mistake-prone. The lack of defensive depth in the league is one of the main reasons that English teams are having such a hard time in Europe lately.
For some odd reason, people seem to think I am actually David Moyes or they just assume we're related, with most thinking I'm his daughter (who looks nothing like me). Most of the tweets were pretty harmless before this week, and usually just asked me to sort out the team. However what's happened since Tuesday night has been completely unbelievable. I'd heard about trolling before and I was bulled in school, but I have never ever experienced anything like this...
Winning it is no longer seen as much of an achievement, especially for clubs who would usually identify themselves as Champions League level sides. Teams competing in the old UEFA Cup were the second best team in their respective countries. Now, however, competing clubs from bigger countries could be fifth, sixth or seventh best and in the case of relegated domestic cup winners like Wigan or Birmingham City, could even be from lower divisions.
Video referees would eradicate the controversial decisions given by referees, that's a fact and technological advances in sport almost guarantees accurate and fast decisions. The obscene amount of money in football means that this sort of technology is easily affordable, most certainly to the Premier League and maybe later in the lower leagues.
Hatem Ben Arfa is an enigma, wrapped up in a conundrum - to some Newcastle United fans that is, not to me though. He doesn't fool me. Ever since he first broke on to the scene as an enigmatic teenage wunderkind, there has been many who followed his career with great interest.
Wayne Rooney is a fan favourite at Manchester United and has been a consistently prolific player for his club for as long as anyone can remember. For England, Rooney is the first name on the team-sheet and opposition teams identify him as the main threat in a Three Lions shirt.
It could be time for Hodgson to take some risks, to inject some flair into the squad and include players who aren't afraid to challenge their opponents. So, should the England gaffer opt for some young guns, full of energy and life, to compete with the heat?
No whinging, no agent flyers in the press... and no recent late night parties with model and TV-presenter girlfriend Polly Parsons. Throughout a difficult season, Thomas Vermaelen has been the consummate professional.
Based on England's most recent performance, they are certainly going to need a hefty slice of fortune if they are to reach the knockout stages of this summer's World Cup. That underwhelming 1-0 defeat of Denmark last week was an outing which raised left us with more questions than answers.
The Premier League is the greatest league in the world. We hear it week in, week out and considering the number of top players that arrive every year, it's hard to argue differently. Despite this, is the Premier League good value for money when it comes to paying to see your team?
He came, he saw, he conquered: Nemanja Vidic is about to face the exit sign at Old Trafford and here's my take on the great Serbian rock, who could've been even greater, as he's currently preparing for a new chapter dressed in black and blue in Milano.
Despite it being clear that Noble is a better-rounded midfielder than he gets credit for, without perhaps excelling specifically in one of these departments - he's effectively played himself into Hodgson's blind spot, in-between positions.
With English expectations low going into the World Cup, it's possible that Hodgson will take a young squad out to Brazil to gain invaluable experience and build for the future. With that in mind, Hodgson may use the game against Denmark to cast his eye over some of the young prospects on the brink of breaking into the World Cup squad.
Roy Hodgson might want Wayne Rooney to "explode" at this summer's World Cup but it is Daniel Sturridge's form that could prove the decisive factor to England's success in the competition.