The England football camp may be so disillusioned and divided that defeat against Wales in Saturday’s European Championship qualifier is a distinct possibility.
Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium will be a highly-hostile environment and the home side have players like Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and Craig Bellamy to add to the discomfort.
England are still struggling for belief after the World Cup debacle and Fabio Capello is resembling a flawed General these days.
Some players are reportedly aghast at Capello’s bungled handling of the captaincy issue.
John Terry’s reinstatement – leaked to journalists before Rio Ferdinand was told he was losing the job – is far from universally popular in the dressing room.
Terry is a good leader, but has attracted some tawdry headlines and staged a near-mutinous press conference halfway through the World Cup.
It does look as if Capello’s indecision is final.
As readers of my ramblings in this column will know, I believe he should have been fired after England’s dire World Cup displays last summer.
I have spoken to top players who say they had no idea what Capello was trying to do tactically in South Africa. Witness the ill-judged and sudden decision to omit Theo Walcott from the World Cup squad and the dithering over the goalkeeper position prior to the tournament.
The aborted Capello Index, in which the manager would have publicly given marks and ratings of his own players, left many of us wondering how such an experienced boss could come up with such a hair-brained scheme.
At least the introduction of Joe Hart, Jack Wilshere and, perhaps, Ashley Young are welcome developments, but there are still too many of the old guard who failed at two World Cups.
England trail little Montenegro in their European Championship section and still have to play them away from home. Only the group winners qualify automatically for the finals.
The camp was a divided one in South Africa and the latest Terry row will have done nothing to restore belief in Capello, who the players know is going anyway in 2012.
The sooner Harry Redknapp takes over – as I believe he eventually will – the better.