Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes says England have no chance of winning the World Cup in Brazil next summer.
Roy Hodgson’s men finished top of World Cup qualifying Group H to book their safe passage into next summer’s tournament but lost their final two games of 2013, friendlies against Chile and Germany.
The Three Lions will discover who they will face when the draw for the competition is made on December 6 but Scholes doubts if Hodgson's squad have enough quality to taste success.
"Gary [Neville] can't really say we have no chance, but I'll say it if you want," Scholes told The Telegraph.
"It will be very difficult to win. I know we have some decent players to go with Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney, but as a team, are they going to be good enough when you think about it?"
Scholes, who made 66 appearances for England before retiring from international duty in 2004, feels England are not good enough to compete with the top nations.
"You will have to get past Brazil, Argentina, Chile, who have just come onto the scene, Spain, Italy, Germany," he added.
"I always get the impression that, whenever England come up against a big nation like those, it is usually a signal that we are going to go out.
"They're OK against the Polands and Ukraines – England will beat them all day long – but as soon as a top team comes along?"