The pundits, presenters, experts, call them what you want, seem to be of the opinion that apart from England having a singular lack of talent, they also appeared to lack any conviction. This didn’t seem to be a problem back in the 1920’s, as illustrated by this cartoon from Leslie P Marchant!
VILLAGE TEAM v. POLICE
STRANGER: "What's that rough fellow doing in the team? He doesn't seem to know much about football."
NATIVE: "Oh, they allus play ole Ginger against the bobbies. E's 'ad sixteen convictions."