Franz Beckenbauer angered Fabio Capello with his barbs about England resorting to long-ball tactics against the USA, but the German legend got it right.
The problem against the USA, like many other nations' opening game at this tournament, was Capello's overriding defensive stance. England were desperately short of ideas going forward, and by the end of the match were pumping hopeful balls upfield in search of a late winner.
The selection of James Milner from the start said a lot, as did that of Emile Heskey. Heskey's not that mobile and more often than not with him in the side, a team is forced to toss balls forward and hope he can flick them on.
That means you need the players alongside him who are willing to constantly run up alongside him, but England's starting XI are not in the habit of doing that for their club sides. He had no one up there with him at the weekend and it didn't work.
Indeed, the USA were far more creative in midfield, particularly the excellent Michael Bradley - all a bit embarrassing considering the pre-match talk focused on England being a 'better' side.
Capello has to be far more positive in his selection for the Algeria game, and for me that has to start with the selection of Joe Cole.
We need to see players out there who are capable of making things happen and the Chelsea man, whether he has played a lot at club level this season or not, is a player who can do that.
A lot has been made of England's wingers, but playing with two wingers is no guarantee of success at this level of football. Having SWP and Lennon on the park at the same time isn't always going to work.
There are other midfield players in the England line-up who are more than capable of drifting out wide and delivering crosses into the box. Cole is comfortable on the wing, while Steven Gerrard does it at Liverpool, likewise Frank Lampard at Chelsea.
It's about players having that free expression and the desire to make unselfish runs off people and overlap down the flanks. We saw it the other day with that wonderful goal by Brazil's full-back Maicon. The Brazilians don't play with out-and-out wingers. Nor do the Germans.
Playing without wingers also frees up space for the full-backs - Ashley Cole and Glen Johnson - to charge into; perhaps a change in that area may benefit England at this stage of the tournament.
With Gareth Barry coming back for the Algeria game, Capello has to consider a more fluid diamond formation, with the Manchester City man sitting behind Cole, Lampard and Gerrard, and Heskey being replaced by the more mobile Defoe up front.
Or, if Capello wants to use Rooney as a long striker as Sir Alex Ferguson did last season, England could play a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Cole, Gerrard and Lennon in support of the Manchester United man.
Either way, against a team like Algeria, the scope for creating more chances would be greater, not to mention how much more exciting it would be to watch.
As for the great goalkeeping debate, Capello has to stand by Rob Green. He made a point right at the start by naming him his number one in the opener and he can't change that halfway through.
It was a freakish mistake, but we have seen those before - think Peter Shilton and David Seaman - and I don't think we'll see another like that from him against this tournament.