The draw for Euro 2016 has been delayed twice in two weeks, with one of those postponements being a major blow to the hopes of the UK.
The UK has been waiting for a result for weeks to determine whether it can qualify for the tournament for the first time in its history.
And in the wake of a 1-0 defeat to Portugal on Sunday, the draw has now been postponed twice to January 26.
The draw has also been postponed two more times – on Tuesday and Wednesday – in the last week, leaving the tournament without a clear winner.
It means that, until the draw takes place, there will be uncertainty as to who will qualify.
“I have been very disappointed with the timing of this postponement,” said England coach Roy Hodgson.
“We were supposed to have the draw in the middle of the week but I don’t think we can do that.”
Hodgson also said that, despite the postponement, the tournament was still possible.
“You can’t say it’s impossible, we’ll see,” he said.
“But it’s a real shame, because we could have played some very good football and we could probably have gone through to the semi-finals if we had been able to play some of our best football.”
The draw will be held on January 26 in London, with the winner of the game against Portugal on January 29 in Dublin.
Hodgson said it was the most difficult draw for the team.
“It’s the hardest draw we’ve had,” he added.
“There are only two other games, the games against Portugal and Croatia, and we’re just going to have to get the draw.”
The match against Portugal, which is on the same day as England’s World Cup qualifier against Ireland, was expected to take place on January 10, with a date to be decided in the coming days.
The teams were due to meet in a semi-final at Wembley on Tuesday, and then on Wednesday in a second-leg game at the Liberty Stadium.
Hodgman has been keen to play a key role in ensuring that England is able to qualify for Euro 2020, but it is not expected to happen.