Former England captain David Beckham has explained why, in his opinion, he and the country's "Golden Generation" were unable to lift any titles during their time with the Three Lions.
The likes of Beckham, Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Ashley Cole, and Rio Ferdinand, just to name a few, were considered to be world-class talents and would arguably have slotted into most sides in the world, but failed to accomplish anything significant together for their national team.
That generation of England players never managed to make it past the quarter-final stage of any major competition they participated in together.
Speaking to BT Sport four years ago, Ferdinand, Lampard, and Gerrard all articulated the same sentiment about why they thought they underachieved as a group, with the former West Ham United, Leeds United and Manchester United centre-back saying at the time: "It was down to the obsession with winning.
"I didn't want to see Frank have an edge on me. I didn't want to speak to him about anything he'd be able to take away to facilitate his team winning.
"When I was with England with Stevie, when we were battling for the Premier League, I didn't want to sit around him and be around him because I just didn't want to hear about what Liverpool were doing."
However, the team's former captain, Beckham, has refuted that train of thought, and gave his own reason as to why he thinks England failed to win any tournament.
Speaking to another member of that iteration of the England squad, Gary Neville, on Sky Sports' The Overlap, the former Real Madrid man said it had nothing to do with factions in the dressing room and more with what was going on during the games.
"It's because we weren't good enough on the day, simple as that," he explained.
"I've heard numerous people come out and say, well, there was cliques and some players didn't talk to other players.
"I don't care if players didn't talk whilst they were eating dinner, whilst they were eating lunch, while they're in the changing room, the moment you get on that pitch, I don't care if Stevie G's in a better position than me, I'm going to give him the ball. Simple."
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