Let's give China an automatic berth at every world cup then, they claim to have invented football.
The idea is silly. Honestly, England is a mediocre team right now. Because Israel was involved I watched that group from close range. England was kicked out for a reason, they have only a few players who can lift up a team and the rest are mediocre. If England was facing Holland or Germany now they would lose quite badly.
The whole idea of wildcards is just wrong. You cannot just qualify based upon tradition or history. It is up to a team to prove it is worth of playing the tournament, England failed in that and so they don't deserve to be in Austria/Switzerland. And to see a tournament without them is quite cool IMO, I never liked them and never liked their fans, I am glad they are not there.