Gary Neville's appointment to Roy Hodgson's England coaching staff surprised me, because I'm not sure he can combine the job with his punditry for Sky.
If he is working as a link between the squad and the manager, he needs the players to trust him and be completely honest with him. That seems difficult when he has such a high-profile TV job.
I'm not suggesting for a minute that Gary would reveal any dressing-room secrets; just that it will be hard to get players to confide in him, when after the tournament he will be back on the telly.
Part of his appeal as a pundit is willingness to call things as he sees them - next season, will he be able to talk honestly about the England players? What if he is afraid to speak his mind?
It seems like a conflict of interests to me, and I think at some point he will have to decide which path to take.
Over a decade after the term was coined, it is hard to believe the 'Golden Generation' lives on in the England team.
Of the group that went into tournaments under Sven-Goran Eriksson with such ridulously high expectations, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Ashley Cole and John Terry are still around.
Golden Generation? More like the Jurassic Generation.
All of those players have enjoyed excellent club careers, but continually come up short at international level.
That is because, in club football, their drive and determination has been complemented by a foreign influence - the likes of Xabi Alonso, Deco and Juan Mata - players who provide quality and imagination.
When it comes to England, especially in midfield, we have a group of players who all play the same way and lack subtlety.
Of course, it doesn't help that arguably the three best English passers - Jack Wilshere, Paul Scholes and Michael Carrick - are all unavailable for one reason or another.
It is the same in goal, where Paul Robinson and Ben Foster have made themselves unavailable. We seem to have more international retirements than any other country - if players are not in the first-team, they feel they have better things to do with their time. It seems there is only one winner in the old 'Club v Country' debate.
If we are one-paced in the middle, on the flanks we have plenty of pace but again lack guile. When Stewart Downing and James Milner are in the squad, you know we are short of options.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been picked as a wildcard, and looks a very exciting prospect. But the fact we are taking a guy who has played only a handful of games for his club shows the lack of resources at Hodgson's disposal.
It's not quite as bad as when Theo Walcott went to the World Cup, but it's not far off. You couldn't imagine the Spanish or Germans taking such an inexperienced player.
They are much more methodical, and make sure their youngsters come through the various age-group teams - but then, their senior managers have a far superior group of players to choose from.
I feel sorry for Roy Hodgson, really. He has picked an uninspiring squad, but apart from the odd choice like Andy Carroll over Peter Crouch, this is pretty much the strongest group he could have picked.
We ought to beat Norway on Saturday. I was talking to Ronny Johnsen earlier this week, and he said the current Norwegian side is not a patch on previous incarnations.
Ronny said they are 'in transition', which as we know is a nice way of saying they are rubbish!