Poor second-half performances have been as much a trademark of Sven-Goran Eriksson's England reign as tabloid stings and affairs.
Eriksson was once lauded for his cool detachment
And so it was again on Tuesday. After playing well and taking a first-half lead against Sweden, England were transformed into a timid and disorganised team after the break and had to cling on for a draw.
The pattern was all too familiar to England fans, who had seen second-half capitulations against Portugal at Euro 2004 and, most notably, against Brazil in the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup.
After that match in Shizuoka, Gareth Southgate famously criticised Eriksson's half-time team talk, saying, "What we needed in there was Churchill, but what we got was Iain Duncan Smith."
So, can we expect Eriksson to inspire the players with fire and passion later in the knock-out stages in Germany?
Not according to former England defender Danny Mills, who played in that 2-1 defeat in Japan and is in Germany as a summariser for BBC radio.
WHAT THEY SAID ABOUT HALF-TIME AGAINST BRAZIL
I don't remember what was said or how it was said - I think that probably speaks volumes
What we needed was Churchill - what we got was Iain Duncan Smith
There was no team spirit, no fight, no togetherness... and the manager didn't say a word
I cannot be Winston Churchill in the dressing room - that would not be me
"He'll be exactly the same in every game," Mills told Five Live Sport.
"The trouble is he's very, very quiet. He's a man of very, very few words - you really don't know what he's thinking.
"Going back to what Gareth said in his book, I don't even remember what was said during half-time or how it was said. I think that probably speaks volumes.
"Had it been a rant and rave and a real 'come on lads, let's get going', I think I would have remembered it."
In his autobiography, Robbie Fowler was even more forthright in his criticism of Eriksson's half-time performance in Japan.
"Everything I suspected about Eriksson was shown in that match," Fowler, who made only one substitute appearance under the Swede at the 2002 World Cup, wrote.
"At half-time you could see the faces of our players - they were shell-shocked.
"But it was still only 1-1 and it was time for the manager to get to work, change the tactics and instil some belief.
"He said absolutely nothing, just stood there with a startled look on his face.
"We just rolled over and died. There was no team spirit, no fight, no togetherness. And the manager didn't say a word."
Yet it seems unfair to criticise Eriksson for the cool detachment which was lauded early in his England career.
Perhaps Terry could rouse his team-mates at half-time?
Tub thumping has never been the Swede's style and never will be. It wasn't when he took Benfica to the European Cup final in 1990 or when he won the Italian double with Lazio in 2000.
As the Swede himself says: "I have been angry sometimes with England, but I cannot be Winston Churchill in the dressing room. That would not be me."
He insists he does feel pride and emotion, but in his own understated way.
"When I hear the National Anthem, see all the flags, I freeze," he told BBC Sport in April 2004.
"I want the fans to be proud of the team. It's the biggest football job in the world - it's emotional."
Eriksson's predecessor, Kevin Keegan, exhibited the passion and charisma that the Swede is often criticised for lacking, but his short reign was hardly a success.
The problem could be the lack of a vociferous motivator elsewhere within the England set-up.
Eriksson's assistant, Steve McClaren, has a huge influence in the camp - "he used to take all the coaching and all the sessions when I was involved," says Mills - but is not renowned for charisma.
Captain David Beckham is also, obviously, a major figure in the camp, but perhaps not a big presence.
So it could be down to some of the other senior players to provide the rousing call to arms that has been asked for.
Step forward John Terry, Gary Neville and Steven Gerrard?