Captain John Terry believes England "can make history" after they were handed a winnable group in Friday's World Cup draw.
England will face the USA, Algeria and Slovenia in Group C in next year's competition in South Africa which should see the Three Lions qualify for the knockout stage and manager Fabio Capello has warned his players not to be complacent - something echoed by his captain - but Terry was also relieved to have missed some of the bigger names they could have drawn.
Terry told The Sun: "We can make history. We've missed the obvious big teams but everyone has earned their right to be there and we can't be complacent. We didn't want to end up in a group of death - and when you look at the Germany and Brazil groups it could have been much worse."
The Chelsea defender added: "The opening game against the USA will be critical. They have proved they can compete against the best in the world.
"But it's always important to start well and set the tone for the rest of the tournament and we're no different - it's a big game.
"David Beckham will be a big help having just spent two seasons out there. He knows their players and what makes them tick - and that knowledge will be invaluable.
"We've never played Algeria before but they got through to the finals with a play-off victory over Egypt. And, of course, we beat Slovenia 2-1 at Wembley in September."
Steven Gerrard echoed Terry's relief at avoiding big names such as France and Portugal.
He told the Daily Mirror: "What I didn't want was to come up against the unknown and we have avoided that and we have avoided some of the really hard groups - like the one Brazil find themselves in.
"We have played two of the sides in our group under Fabio Capello - and beaten them. So we know what to expect and we know what we have to do to beat them."
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