That would appear to be Sven Goran Eriksson's side's biggest enemy as they take on Greece at Old Trafford.
Victory would end any hopes of a German revival - they play Finland at the same time - and book England's place in Japan and South Korea.
Capped 17 times by England, striker Les said: "It's a big game. I spoke to someone and they said 'we should beat Greece' but I said, for some reason, no matter who England play they want to give a good showing.
"It is a big game for any nation. They all want to beat us - just look at the fight Albania put up at St James Park.
"But I think we have the quality in the team, we just have to avoid being complacent and go out and get the result.
"The boys are playing in a lovely stadium, they'll have a full house with the supporters right behind them and they'll have every incentive to go and do the business."
Les Ferdinand has warned England against complacency as they bid for a place in next summer's World Cup Finals.