When England were knocked out of the European Championships in 2012 the man to blame was clear. The English had been outdone by an Italian commander, Andrea Pirlo.
He ran the show as England chased shadows that night and ever since we all pondered, who can do this job for England.
Now, we know.
Jack Wilshere is the English answer to Andrea Pirlo.
Last night against Scotland was by far the most complete performance Wilshere has put in for England since making his debut.
Sitting in the holding role he had the time and space to play the type of passes we all know he is capable of, one of which was delicately put into the back of the net by the deft header of Arsenal team-mate Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain.
Wilshere dominated the Scottish with his excellent ball control, vision and he also plays with the tenacity necessary in the deeper role. In fact, you could even say he has more attributes defensively than that of the legendary Pirlo.
For Wilshere to go on and become the player England hope he will he must play in that role on a regular basis for Arsenal.
Arsenal would also do well to realise that fact. He has more talent than Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey is better served playing advanced of the midfield. The future for both England and Arsenal sees Wilshere dropping back.
The sooner that is realised the better for both club and country.