The midfielder, who recovered from a shin injury in time to take his place in the squad, knows that emerging as winners from the 32 nations taking part will be a tall order because so many share the same ambitions and have the ability to do so.
"It's going to be tough, really tough," said the scorer of seven goals in our colours last season. "There are some brilliant teams out there - Argentina, Brazil, hosts Germany, Portugal are always a threat, Italy, France - plus there is always a team that seems to pop up out of nowhere.
"I am hoping to play some part," he continued, before being reminded that a number of squad players who do not begin the tournament have come through to be hugely successful in past tournaments - not least David Platt in 1990.
"Definitely, with a 23-man squad there is a lot of games to play in a short space of time if you do well. It is a squad game and I would be delighted to get some action at the World Cup."
Jermaine Jenas says England are one of a number of teams capable of making a big impression at the World Cup.