The Football Association has been branded "not fit for purpose" by former UK sports minister Richard Caborn.
The FA has lost a succession of chief executives and chairmen, while the England team also underperformed at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
"Is the FA fit for purpose? No I don't think it is," Caborn, who was sports minister for six years, told BBC Sport.
"I believe the governance of the game is not prepared to stand up to its responsibilities," added Caborn.
"The FA need to say we have to look at ourselves very seriously and we need to modernise ourselves.
"In Germany in 2000 there was a repositioning of the governance of German football. I think that has been to the benefit of German football, and we are seeing some of those results at the current World Cup."
Former Labour MP Caborn went as far as to suggest that the time had come for English football's ruling body to "franchise out" the running of the FA Cup and Wembley - the stadium's £750m redevelopment has proved a huge financial strain - leaving the FA to concentrate on governing the sport.
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