Sunday's loss was about more than penalty kicks for England. It was a total failure of footballing philosophy.
The "Three Lions" looked outdated, a side clinging to the tenets of a bygone age. They played the role of Aztecs: attempting to stave off with slings and arrows the musket-laden attack of Conquistadors.
It began with an impressive few forays in the first fifteen minutes. After that, they essentially fell back and let Andrea Pirlo dictate proceedings.
A country with perhaps the best domestic league in the world pinned their semi-final hopes to obdurate defending and a few desperate counterattacks.
The result was poetically justified. The best team won. Italy advanced.
What follows is an assessment of where they got it wrong and how those negative trends can be reversed. Next, we look at the players best suited to carry out a transformation.