Fabio Capello believes his England players are capable of creating history at this summer's World Cup finals in South Africa.
No European team has ever won the World Cup when it has been staged outside Europe, but Capello is confident that statistic will change on July 11 in Johannesburg. Whether it is England or the likes of Spain or Italy who lift the trophy remains to be seen, but the Italian would quite happily take an England v Italy final, despite the conflicting emotions involved.
"I think it's time for a European team to win," Capello said. "We will have no problem with jet-lag, the problem will be for South American teams that are really strong like Argentina and Brazil."
He added: "I hope to play against Italy in the final, I will be very happy.
"One of the targets for all the teams is to play the final. I am sure it will not be easy for me but, at that time, my shirt will be an England shirt.
"We are one of the best teams in the World Cup. We hope to arrive at the semi-finals, minimum, and then, after a lot of years, win the World Cup.
"We have a good team, good players, and at this moment we think we can beat all of the teams because we can play at the same level of the best teams in the world."