Brazil legend Carlos Alberto has no doubt that England will qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, pointing to the experience gained in recent years as the key.
The Three Lions have had a remarkable 2008 under the stewardship of Fabio Capello, putting behind them the disappointment of missing out on the European Championship in the summer to make a good start on their road to South Africa.
And Alberto said: "I think they are coming together now and they can be a force at the World Cup. This is mainly because of the experienced players that they have."
England currently sit top of Group Six in the UEFA qualifying zone with a five point lead over Croatia after just four games.
Carlos Alberto, widely regarded as the greatest defender of all time and himself a World Cup-winning captain, feels that England can go on and achieve great things in 2010.
He added: "They have been playing together for the last six or seven years at least. Now with a new coach, a winner, I believe that England will make the next World Cup."
Carlos Alberto, who is in South Africa to attend Soccerex 2008, also praised the Barclays Premier League saying it should be the catalyst for English success on the world stage.
He continued: "England has the best local championship, very famous all over the world, and they deserve it because of what they've done to football.
"They bring fans to the stadiums, every game we see full stadiums, so in my opinion they deserve to do well at the World Cup.
"So we'll see then what can happen. I wish them the best."
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