The big England debate will probably go on until next month’s final two World Cup qualifiers.
Roy Hodgson and his players have come in for quite a lot of criticism since that draw against Ukraine in Kiev.
But I believe we have to be realistic.
Okay it wasn’t the best of performances, and certainly not the best of games.
But if we’d been offered the current table at the start of the campaign, or even before the last game, I think we’d have taken it.
England are top of their group with their destiny in their own hands, and both our remaining games, against Montenegro and Poland, are at home.
Of course we have come unstuck against the Poles at Wembley in the past, but I believe we’ll be seeing England out in Brazil next summer.
The problem we have, and have probably had since 1966, is inflated expectations.
Time after time we get our hopes up to the stage where we think we will win a major competition, only to end up disappointed.
This certainly isn’t the best England team of the last 47 years, and Hodgson’s task is probably harder than any of his predecessors as national boss because of the lack of English players playing at the top end of the Premier League.
If there are top-quality young players coming through, not enough of them are getting experience at the highest level.
And that makes it very difficult to go out and perform on the international stage.
The fact that three of our regulars, Ashley Cole, Steven Gerrard and now Frank Lampard, have all earned 100 caps, shows that while they are top players, there isn’t enough competition for their places.
And while Rickie Lambert is another excellent operator, and I think we’ve all enjoyed his recent rise to prominence, his presence up front is another indication of the lack of options for Hodgson, who of course wasn’t helped by the absence through injury and suspension against Ukraine of Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck, two of the younger-end players who might have made a difference on the night.
I'm not too sure how I got myself into this – but I’ll soon be getting my first taste of boxing.
We’re staging a fight night in conjunction with Rawthorpe Amateur Boxing Club, who have done great work since their formation in 1998 – and not just in the ring.
There will be a series of bouts featuring Rawthorpe fighters before Mark Reynolds, the man behind the club and one of their top coaches, takes on myself and Darren Bullock in exhibition bouts.
You can imagine my old teammate Bully (inset) being pretty handy in the ring.
But I’m already experiencing the old butterflies – even though Mark has promised to go easy on me.
He is a former national schoolboy champion with 94 fights under his belt.
And I have absolutely no experience of the noble art, other than watching it on TV and wondering what makes boxers want to even go near a ring!
If you are a spectator, it promises to be a great evening at the stadium on Friday, November 13 – I hope that date doesn’t have any significance when it comes to my fate! – and the night includes a three-course meal, although I doubt I’ll have much of an appetite.
Tickets are £55 plus VAT and tables of 10 are available if you want a great group night out.
For tickets, contact Katie Barraclough on 01484 484140.
Sponsorship opportunities are also available for businesses, including title sponsorship of the event.
Contact Mark Jacobs on 01484 484125 to find out more.
I think all Town fans will feel for Jack Hunt after he had the misfortune to suffer a broken ankle before even playing a game for Crystal Palace.
The injury, suffered on the training ground, means he will have to wait for his big chance in the Premier League – probably until after Christmas.
Jack will need mental as well as physical strength as he goes through his recovery and rehabilitation programme.
The injury has happened and he now has to take all the positives he can.
It was a clean break, for a start, which I’m told can mean a quicker healing process without the need for surgery.
And the advancement in medical treatments means players return sooner than ever before.
Jack is a confident type of lad who has belief in his own ability, and that will help him over the coming months.
And he can look to the example of Anthony Pilkington, who suffered that awful injury while with us and is now impressing in the Premier League.