England's performances have impressed the United boss, who thinks that the current generation of Three Lions contains the perfect blend of ages and abilities.
"I think England must have a chance because the players are really good," Mourinho told Sky Sports. "There's a great generation of players at different ages and with different qualities.
"England have great potential to do something important."
"In South America, there are a couple of important teams," Mourinho continued. "In Europe the same three or four so I can't believe next summer we will have a huge surprise."
The draw for the World Cup takes place on Friday, December 1, with England seeded in Pot 2 for the tournament. Holders Germany, hosts Russia and European Championship holders Portugal are among the teams in Pot 1.