Well, the bookies think not. England have drawn one of the most difficult groups which includes World Cup stalwarts Italy along with Uruguay and Cost Rica. However, if Roy Hodgson's men can scrape through, their Second Round opponents won't be the toughest and the England manager will believe anything can happen in the quarter-finals and beyond.
Hodgson's World Cup squad will feature a mix of experience and young up and coming talent. Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard were memebers of the underachieving Golden Generation so it could fall to Wayne Rooney and the youngsters to inspire England in South America.
England's qualifying campaign did little to inspire confidence, taking until the final match against Poland to seal their trip to Brazil. Rooney remains England's brightest talent and gets another chance to show his ability at the highest level. Attacking options look promising with the emergence of Daniel Sturridge who has enjoyed a sensational start to his career at Liverpool but it will be in midfield and central defence where England's World Cup credentials will be tetsted to the full.