Fabio Capello has proved to be worth every penny of his huge FA wage when he promised that England would reach the 2010 World Cup.
The fact that he is being paid £5 million a year to meet the most basic requirement of the England team shows his job is even cushier than we first imagined.
But then, that's the good thing about following the "how not to manage at international level" case study that was Steve McClaren's tenure - you can say anything vaguely positive and people will lap it up.
The Italian then got a bit carried away though, and let out the claim that Our Boys are better than Spain.
Fab said: "We play at the same level, or better. What we have to do is play with the same confidence and spirit Spain did after they beat Italy."
Lest we forget, La Furia Roja are top of the FIFA world rankings, fully 13 places and 554 points (?) ahead of Blighty.
Traditionally the Spanish have always had a special place in English hearts as kindred spirits, equally proficient in the art of perennial underachievement, but then they went and ruined all that by becoming champions of Europe.
Now the only things we have in common are the army of ex-pats taking root in Alicante, the spread of high priced, low quality tapas bars popping up in city centres and the nation's rapidly eroding work ethic.
For all their talent, the partnership of Stevie G and Gary Barry is a long way off the cool and calm pace dictation of Marcos Senna and Xavi Humphrey Bogart (as dubbed by one Spanish commentator because he always plays it again).
Signor Single-strand-of-hair wasn't done there though, as he went on to say: "For us the opponent is not important. The important thing is what we do."
He is correct in his assertion that the oppo facing the Three Lions is not important. Anyone who saw their handling of the Luzhniki astroturf or the divots and bobbles of Zagreb will know that it's the pitch that's central to their fortunes.
It's hard to blame Fab for getting carried away though. He's just getting swept up on all the misguided patriotism that's in the air at the moment, what with Kevin Pietersen saying England will win the Ashes and Team GB bringing in almost as many gold medals as Michael Phelps.
Still, we'll soon find out what Fab has up his sleeve as, due to the genius of the schedulers at the FA and UEFA, the first round of Premier League fixtures will be 80% complete when he names his squad for the goalless friendly draw against the Czech Republic a week tomorrow.
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