Fabio Capello has admitted leading England at the World Cup will be the hardest test he has faced during a lengthy managerial career.
Capello has coached the likes of European heavyweights AC Milan, Real Madrid, Juventus and AS Roma but is relishing the 'greatest challenge' of a career which has seen plenty of highs.
The Italian led the Three Lions into next summer's finals in South Africa via an impressive series of results in their qualifying group.
"It will be a great test, the hardest test of me as a manager," declared the 63-year-old coach.
"For me it's the first time I've breathed this atmosphere of the World Cup, the sensation. I can taste it. The airport, the people, the FIFA World Cup, Bafana Bafana, it's exciting.
"It's new for me. As a player it was different, because you think for you, now you have to think of more things, decide more things, check more things. The next five months will be really important to decide everything."
England will learn their World Cup fate at Friday's group stage draw for which they have been placed among the top eight seeds.
The Three Lions cannot face the likes of Brazil, Spain, Netherlands, Italy, Germany and Argentina in the early stages of the competition, but could still find themselves in a group containing teams of the quality of Portugal, France and Ivory Coast.