Gary Doherty reckons England have a got a good chance of success at the World Cup due to the 'surprise factor' within the squad.
Doc says the inclusion of several young players, not widely known throughout the football world could swing events in England's favour.
"I think they've got a good chance," said Doc. "They've got a good squad of young players.
"Everyone has said that this World Cup has come too early but they might have the surprise factor with the young lads, the likes of Ashley Cole, Joe Cole, Darius Vassell and Kieron Dyer might have the surprise element, so hopefully for the England fans they will do well."
Doc rejects talk that this World Cup has come too early for England and that four years' time would be a more realistic target. He insists the future is now.
"Yeah, of course it is. I don't really go with that four year chat, the likes of Sol will be 30, I think that's a bit poncy, they are a young team.
"I think everyone's banking on if they all stay fit and they all keep their form then in four years they are going to be better players, but the likes of Beckham's going to be 30, Scholes will be 30, and those sort of players are reaching their peak now.
"So I think it's a good time for the World Cup, I think they'll do better now than in 4 years."
So while he says England might do well, Gary fancies Italy will emerge with the trophy.
"I've always said Italy, I think Italy will win it this year. Strong defence, great forward line as well with Totti and Vieri, so I think they're my favourites for it."