Former England midfielder Paul Scholes feels the country’s “pampered” players have no chance of winning a major trophy in the near future.
And the ex-Manchester United player also hit out at managers who he believes go for the national team job for the money.
Scholes made his comments in an unusually outspoken interview with United fanzine Red News.
“The England team these days are treated like world superstars from what they do at club level,” he said.
“I don’t think that helps when they go to England (duty) because they’re all mollycoddled and pampered.
“They’re treated like they’re world champions before actually being a successful team to do that.
“The England manager changes that often there can never be that stability and I think managers just go out for the England job for the money these days.”
England’s only major trophy came on home soil in the 1966 World Cup and, asked if he could see any prospect of an end to the drought, Scholes continued: “You would always like to say ‘yes’ but at the minute, no I can’t.
“You can go over the last four or five tournaments – England may have got to a couple of quarter-finals, but there’s nothing else to show for it and South Africa was a complete disaster.”