Germany star Thomas Muller has claimed England have "too many chiefs and not enough Indians" to be a successful team.
As the inquest continues into England's dismal showing in South Africa and debate rages over whether Fabio Capello should continue in his job, Germany are preparing for Saturday's quarter-final showdown with Argentina in a state of quiet satisfaction.
Yet again, the country England have not managed to beat at a World Cup finals tournament since 1966 came out on top, this time by a record score.
Muller grabbed the last two goals in the 4-1 win in Bloemfontein, becoming the youngest player since Pele to score more than once in any World Cup finals match.
The achievement placed those lofty English reputations into some kind of perspective, totally overshadowing a number of high-profile Three Lions despite only just turning 20.
And, as the world has a view on why England should continue to under-perform so badly, Muller has his own take on the disappointment, which does not make for pretty reading.
"England have so many top stars in their squad that they will always be part and parcel of the international football scene," reflected Muller.
"But there are so many 'alpha males'. It is difficult to have so many 'alpha males' and have them row in the same direction.
"You don't only need only chiefs, you also need a few Indians.
"You need people who are ready and willing to do the hard work.
"It may be a problem with England that players are simply not mentally prepared to go that extra mile for their team-mates."
The argument would certainly put a fresh slant on the disunity that existed within the England dressing room and the difficulty some senior players had with life at 'Camp Capello'.
After his brutal ending of a John Terry-inspired uprising, Capello did appear to lessen the restrictions, even offering his players the chance of a beer before the matches against Slovenia and Germany.
Whether anyone is now prepared to challenge this version of events as it becomes more likely the Italian will remain in his job is open to debate - although if, as seems certain, some senior figures have played their last game, further revelations may be made in the autumn if and when Capello begins his cull.
None of this is Muller's problem.
He has already had some fun at England's expense, having been part of the Bayern Munich side that dumped Manchester United out of the Champions League this season on their way to the final, where they were eventually beaten by Inter Milan.
However, with the German league and cup double secured, it was a pretty impressive club campaign Muller is hoping to eclipse on the international front.
"The England match was the icing on the cake to a fantastic season," he said.
"But this does not mean it should stop here.
"I would love for the tournament to go on for the team and myself, even if I don't score. I really want us to be in that semi-final."