England have never failed to qualify out of the group since 1958, but the 2014 World Cup could see that record come to an end - after being drawn with fellow former champions Uruguay and Italy.
They know that a result is needed against at least one of them if they are to reach the Second Round. However, should they succeed, they then face a very real possibility of getting into the quarter-finals.
HOW ENGLAND GOT TO THE 2014 WORLD CUP
Although they can boast of an unbeaten UEFA qualification campaign, England were left to sweat until the final two rounds of Group H before claiming their 2014 World Cup spot.
With four wins and four draws, England knew they had to take maximum points from their final two home qualifiers to fend off the pursuing Ukraine in second.
A 4-1 win over Montenegro and a 2-0 victory against Poland allowed England to win the group, by the slender margin of just one point.
ENGLAND MANAGER AND TRACK RECORD
Roy Hodgson brings a wealth of managerial experience to the England dugout, having taken the job in May 2012 and leading England to the Euro 2012 quarter-finals a month later.
England's only World Cup triumph came when they hosted the tournament back in 1966. Disappointingly, they have only reached the semi-finals once since then - as they finished Fourth in 1990.
ENGLAND KEY PLAYER
Scoring seven goals during qualifying, Wayne Rooney repeatedly stepped up when needed by his country and they will need him to continue in that vein in Brazil, if they're to achieve their ambitions.
Considered to be the only real world-class player at Hodgson's disposal, England will hope Rooney - who has 38 goals in his 88 England appearances - can mark the 10-year anniversary of his blistering Euro 2004 campaign, by reaching that level once more this summer.
The Manchester United forward has continued to score goals in what has been a poor season for the Old Trafford side, but England need him at his influential best - in order to inspire a strong 2014 World Cup showing.
ENGLAND 2014 WORLD CUP BETTING TIP
England have a tough 2014 World Cup group, but one good result against either Uruguay or Italy could be enough to see them qualify out of Group D and potentially reach the quarter-finals – following an easier Second Round game.
However, there is a lot to do against two other former champions for the Three Lions to be Group Winners in Brazil, so back England to finish as group runners-up for the fourth time in five World Cup tournaments.
ENGLAND 2014 WORLD CUP SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Joe Hart, Fraser Forster, Ben Foster
Defenders: Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Phil Jagielka, Glen Johnson, Phil Jones, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling.
Midfielders: Ross Barkley, Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Frank Lampard, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Raheem Sterling, Jack Wilshere.
Forwards: Rickie Lambert, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Daniel Welbeck.