Many of us are quite proud of Nasser's non-Anglo-Saxon origins. It shows how we really are making progress as a nation when no-one cares about his origins - he is English and the best man for the job.
As for Flintoff, he's still only young, and whilst he'll never be as good a batsman as, say, Ian Botham (whose average didn't really reflect how good a player he was) I think he'll improve and become one of the leading all-rounders in the world.
Moving on to England generally, I don't really see that much difference between now and the end of the eighties. Then, England gave everyone a good game apart from the West Indies. Now they give everyone a good game apart from Australia. Graham Thorpe is a world-class player, Darren Gough and Andy Caddick are world-class bowlers. Flintoff, Hoggard and Trescothick are all very promising, and young Ian Bell (19) should make the breakthrough shortly.
Add to that Steve Harmison, who is genuinely quick, and England have the makings of a decent test side coming through. It's not all doom and gloom.
She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.