England have been trolled by former Croatia striker Dado Prso ahead of the 2018 World Cup, with the Three Lions told they “will do nothing, as always”.
Gareth Southgate’s side eased their way through qualification, with an unbeaten run delivering 26 points and only three goals conceded.
England have, however, made a habit of reaching major finals with the minimum of fuss, only to then suffer humbling falls from grace on the grandest of stages.
Ex-Rangers man Prso expects history to repeat itself in Russia, with other leading lights from across Europe set to lead the charge for global glory.
He told Vecernji list: “France is favourite, as well as Spain and, of course, Germany.
“I don't believe Portugal can repeat their Euro success and England will do nothing, as always.”
Prso was speaking after forming part of the jury which voted Real Madrid star Luka Modric the Croatian Footballer of the Year for a sixth time.
That record now places him level with the iconic Davor Suker, and Prso believes the 32-year-old – who will also be in Russia next summer – is one of the finest talents in the business.
He added: “Modric is the best midfielder in the world and, together with [Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Sergio] Ramos, is one of the most important players at Real.
“I am impressed with [Raphael] Varane too, how he is becoming a big player and doesn't make the mistakes he did before.”
Varane will be hoping to help France to World Cup glory at the end of the current campaign, alongside Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe.
The 19-year-old has emerged as one of the most exciting talents in world football, but a fellow former Monaco frontman doubts whether he will ever join the elite at the very top of the game.
Prso, who spent eight years on the books at Stade Louis II in his playing days, added: “Today I admire PSG, even before Neymar and Mbappe arrived.
“They are both exceptional players but I am not sure Mbappe will reach Ballon d'Or level, while Neymar is one step above.
“Character is most important and when you have that, along with talent, you have [Lionel] Messi, Neymar or Ronaldo. But to have only one of those two things is not enough."