The players were entirely suited to their positions, and indeed arguably their roles.
The bottom line is that with few exceptions, they simply are not technically good enough to compete at this level. They're fit enough, yes, but technical skills and tactical awareness are woefully lacking.
Sadly, until we start exporting more players (i.e. producing players good enough that continental clubs which are culturally and tactically different actually want to sign them) we're stuffed.
Hodgson did a decent job in somewhat awkward circumstances.
Germany - Spain final in all likelihood, though anything can happen in the Semis, since all 4 teams deserve to be there. Let's hope there are no more borefests.