Former England star Owen Hargreaves says the England team he played in would beat Roy Hodgson's side "eight times out of ten", if they went head-to-head.
Hargreaves was voted England fans' player of the tournament at the 2006 World Cup and says the current team are not as good as the squad managed by Sven-Goran Eriksson.
England captain Steven Gerrard said on Thursday that he was "desperate" to qualify for the 2014 World Cup after a bad start to qualification.
But Hargreaves isn't sure they have the same quality as the team he helped to reach two consecutive World Cup quarter-finals.
He said: "I think if the team now played the team that I was a part of I think we'd win eight out of ten."
But he said there was lots for Roy Hodgson to be hopeful about for the future.
He added: "I think the England team now is in a state of transition.
"You're going into the new generation, Tom Cleverley, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Danny Welbeck and I think it's an exciting time.
"But it's going to take four or five years for those players to mould and come together and be able to compete for a European or world title."
MOTD Kickabout is on the CBBC Channel at 7:40am every Saturday morning