Chelsea and Brazil defender David Luiz feels England could win the 2014 World Cup finals next summer, but has urged the public to believe in the Three Lions.
The 26-year-old, who hopes to lift the World Cup with Brazil on home soil in seven months time, feels that England are potential dark horses to triumph in South America.
"It can be [their time]," Luiz revealed in an interview with the Daily Mail. "I’ll tell you one thing about England, the people never believe!
"It is alright sometimes to think, "we can get to the quarter-finals, the semi-finals,” but come on - expect more - this a fantastic generation.
"You have a mix of experience players, young players, amazing talent. Why not? Why don't you believe? Why doesn't everyone say, 'we can go there and win?'
"I know how English people look at things; you need to think like Brazil sometimes, you need to dream.
"I was born like this, without anything. And when I was 14-years-old, I said to my Mum, I will change our life. It isn't great now, but it will be fine, believe me.
‘You need to think like this.’"
England have not won the World Cup since 1966, while the closest they have come since then was in 1990, when they reached the semi-finals in Italy.
Expectations are currently low following two recent friendly defeats to Chile and Germany - although that may change on Friday, when the group stage draw for the 2014 World Cup finals is made in Brazil.
However, despite Luiz's insistence that England are capable of challenging for the most prestigious trophy in football, he is crystal clear about what he hopes will happen next summer.
"I want to win," the Brazilian added. "We have a great team, and we all love to play for the national team.
"It’s the best atmosphere I've had in my life as a team. The friendship, all thinking the same way. And think of the after-party if they pull off the achievement.
"All of my family, my friends, in Brazil. It will be the best moment in my career if we win the World Cup."
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