I think what we need is a creative, goalscoring talisman to lift the team like Bale, Eriksen or Sigurdsson. Our only world class player is a full-back and as a result we lack belief. We know it's going to be a slog every time and the players are demoralised before a ball is kicked. Just knowing you have a guy capable of beating two men and smashing the ball home from 35 yards makes every game seem winnable.
We're at the level of Czech Republic, Bosnia and Hungary but it wouldn't take an awful lot for us to be like Sweden, Poland and Wales. One player in the right position might do it.