Much has been written about this but the NY Times takes the cake with this offering. Apparently, Sir Alex and David Beckham disagree about English football being completely broken. Roy Keane is on to something. Not sure he is correct but I do think the problem is more mental than physical.
Much has also been made of the fact that the EPL has so many non-English players and that this somehow has contributed to the lack of good English players. This is a convenient excuse but England did not qualify for the 1974 and 1978 world cups either and at that time pretty much all the players in the league were from the UK. So the problem is not new. It would be fun to see them play up to their potential in a large tournament.