It's not really that harsh. It's actually one of the best at glorifying mediocrity. Case in point; England national team.
More often than not though it is English media/the English public that put Andy down. They're not going to do the same to the England football team. And you can't compare the English football team to him either nor call his acheivements ''mediocre''. Are you telling me that if he was your son, his acheivements would just be mediocre?