After Wayne Rooney's petulant sending off and subsequent three match ban that tarnished England's qualification for the European Championship, the country's media has been extremely pessimistic about our chances at the finals.
Now that our so-called talisman has been ruled out of the opening three group matches, despair has struck the nation.
The debate now is whether the Manchester United goalscorer should even be selected for Fabio Capello's final squad that will compete in the Ukraine and Poland.
But there are many reasons why England fans should remain upbeat about the tournament this summer.
Everyone has been labeling Rooney's suspension as a national disaster without focusing on the positives that this turn of events will bring.
Here are five reasons why the England squad can still win their first major tournament since 1966 without Wayne Rooney.