As things stand, England are not going to win the World Cup in 2014.
While that statement may sound particularly pessimistic, there are just too many long-standing issues to address around the current state of the English national game.
For starters, there are far too many peripheral foreigners filling up Premier League squads. While many overseas players add to the excitement and quality of the Premier League, numerous fringe players suppress copious amounts of domestic talent, prematurely sending untried, unpolished prospects onto football's scrapheap.
The national team lacks any real identity or structure for players to slot into and carry forward, while technical and tactical thinking seems leagues below other nations. Too often the approach seems merely to contain a top team instead of taking them on.
Therefore, all things considered, how exactly can England win the World Cup in this current predicament?
Several areas need a mass overhaul, starting at the bottom, but that's not going to improve the Three Lions' odds in Brazil next year.
Here's a look at a few ideas—some more serious than others—about how England, in their current set-up, can end that 48-year wait for the Jules Rimet.