The maestro has spoken. So let there be no more dispute about it, no more limp special pleading from their manager.
Grin and bear it. We are stuck with Fabio Capello for another two potentially sterile years. The Football Association, led, if that be the word, by that perpetual holder of offices he hardly adorns, Sir Dave Richards (remember him as the ineffectual chairman of his home club, Sheffield Wednesday?) found himself and the FA over a barrel.
Perhaps we should have known. Perhaps – though the result was hardly forgotten – we should have paid more attention to the fact that Spain, for all their array of stars, a year ago had lost astonishingly to the modest USA team 2-0 in the Confederations Cup and thus been eliminated from the tournament.
So whose opinion would you accept? That of the ineffable Jerome Valcke, not long ago lacerated for alleged lying in a New York court by an implacable female judge, over the Visa-Mastercard case. Or that of Dunga, the former World Cup winner as a player, and now manager of the Brazilian World Cup team.