The former left-back believes Brazil are favourites to lift the trophy for a record sixth time in Russia, but has placed England amongst those capable of challenging Tite's side while tipping Alli to be a standout performer for Gareth Southgate.
"England are one of the favourites after Brazil," Carlos told The Sunday Mirror . "But I really like Dele Alli - he's a lot like a Brazilian player.
"I saw him at the Real Madrid against Spurs game and he was really impressive. He's tall and has real ability - a very good player.
"He has the swagger that Brazilians have."
The two sides could eventually meet at the quarter-final stage of the competition in what would be a repeat meeting of the 2002 finals, in which the South Americans ran out 2-1 winners on their way to claiming the trophy.