No Northern Ireland. No Republic of Ireland. No Scotland. No Wales. No interest in the 2014 World Cup finals because of that? Well, of course not.
But isn't it always better when there is a team to love or hate in these major tournaments?
It just wouldn't be the same without England in the finals.
Sure, seeing the magic of Messi with Argentina, the sublime skills of Spain, the daring Dutch ready to implode at any stage, the Germans gearing up for greatness, Belgium's bright new team and the boys from Brazil on home turf will be fantastic, but the drama that always comes with England would add considerably to the whole World Cup experience.
You can see it now...
In the lead up to Rio, one of Hodgson's big hitters will pick up a metatarsal injury leading to a furious race against time for him to be fit for the finals.
Once in Brazil, there'll be talk about some sort of unrest in the camp. And although most have learnt to keep it shut about this by now at least one of the players will predict that England can actually win the thing.
This is all before the games even start! When they come around you can cheer England on or jeer them but either way you'll be into it because sport means more when there is emotion attached.
Anything less though for Hodgson's players will either allow Ukraine to nip in and finish first, leaving England as runners-up with a two legged play-off in order to reach the finals or worse, if things go completely pear-shaped, out of the running altogether.
The play-offs would be the lesser of those two evils, but with Portugal, France, Croatia and Sweden all likely to finish second in their groups, Hodgson's team would do well to qualify automatically and avoid the prospect of another 180 nervous minutes of action.
Although it's not in the manager's DNA, a little bit of adventure against Montenegro and Poland could go a long way.
Draws won't cut it and failure to qualify should result in Hodgson getting the sack. Roy's future doesn't really concern me, but his players being in the World Cup finals does.
Come on England.