Rio Ferdinand says England have shown no evidence they have the quality to win Euro 2016 this summer.
Roy Hodgson’s men coasted into this summer’s finals, reaching France with a 100 per cent record in qualification for the first time.
Questions still linger, though, over the Three Lions’ capabilities against the very best nations in the world.
Next month’s friendlies against Germany and Holland should offer a better idea of where England are at, but Ferdinand’s mind already appears made up.
The former defender, capped 81 times by his country, was dismissive when it came to the chances of Hodgson’s men enjoying a successful summer in France, where Russia, Wales and Slovakia join them in Group B.
Asked whether England can make it past the quarter-finals, Ferdinand told NDTV: “No. Based on what I have seen I don’t think so.
“If you got to go through the quarters and the semis and the final of this tournament and potentially win it, you’ve got to beat a France, you’ve got to beat a Germany and you’ve got to beat and/or a Spain.
“I don’t think England will be able to do that, given what we have seen. I just don’t think they are capable.”