West Ham goal keeper Rob Green has blamed the country's gaming habits for England's football defeat against Croatia last week, which saw them fail to qualify for the Euro 2008 tournament. But is there method in his madness?
Green's comments blatantly whiff of ignorance but it's undeniable that kids are playing less football today.
CVG are sure games play a part, but so does weather, the mass-closing of parks, the even higher climate of fear for unsupervised kids, the FA's lack of time for anyone under 16 and the good old smoking-drugs-round-the-back-of-Tesco-culture. Isn't the cost of going to see a Premiership the same as a game thesedays?