Henry Winter, who has followed a few (all) of those years, has spent three decades as a paid journalist and chronicler of
The England team have done their part on the pitch, it's time for the governing bodies to pick up the pace of change off it.
There are countless examples of young players over the years, of which Kane is the latest and most spectacular, who have been given the trust of a manager at a young age and run with it. Going back to the early 1990s, that is exactly what happened to the likes David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Robbie Fowler.
We've all heard about German football and how cheap it is compared to the sport here. Once you go there, you realise that it's impressive in so many more ways that just financially. I'll never stop loving football in England, but seeing it in Germany was a massive epiphany in my life as a fan.
I had the privilege of interviewing England women's international highest goal scorer Kelly Smith and goalkeeper Siohban Chamberlain. The prospect of doing so was nerve-wrecking however, I was lucky enough to be part of a reassuring TV production crew..
Last month's announcement that the Football Association is going to lose a significant amount of investment - £1.6m of public funding - is the latest wake-up call for amateur football. Sport England is responsible for distributing public money to increase sports participation, and its decision to reduce funding for football is as a result of a sharp decline in the number of people playing the sport.
The biggest problem is the ignorance referees display when defending their colleagues in the heat of high-profile mistakes. 'Refs are only human' is a common response, rather than trying to come up with ideas to aid the officials in the future.
While the issue of a lack of diversity has reared its ugly head and talk of tokenism amidst Rio Ferdinand's recent inclusion have been high on the media's agenda following the announcement of Greg Dyke's FA Commission, another factor simply buried its head deeper into the sand.
The Rt Hon Cecil Rhodes once claimed that "to be born English is to win first prize in the lottery of life," which is debatable to say the least, much like Jack Wilshere's comments last week when the Arsenal midfielder's declaration that only "English players should play for England" led to him being portrayed as some sort of extremist demanding that we close the country's doors in some quarters...
Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore has told the Football Association to look at itself before blaming him for