Frank Lampard has claimed even Brazil must wish they had some of the talent that Fabio Capello has at his disposal. England take on the Netherlands in a friendly in Amsterdam on Wednesday, and the Chelsea midfielder believes the Italian coach's pool of players looks strong.
The Three Lions need only two more points to be certain of qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, and there is a growing belief that they could go on and win the tournament. The good news for Capello is that, unlike club managers, he does not have to worry about his players moving to rival teams.
"It's certainly a relief not to have to worry about that," admitted Lampard. "All teams want to hold on to their best players and that's the same at Chelsea - we're very pleased to be holding on to John Terry.
Rooney, Gerrard, Terry, Ferdinand. Those guys could be compared to any player in the world and I'm sure teams like Brazil would want them.
"With England it's nice to be settled. The last year has been very settled as a group, the squad has stayed mainly the same and we're becoming more comfortable with each other. We should believe in ourselves because individual-wise, our players have got the talent to match anyone."
Brazil recently won the FIFA Confederations Cup and returned to the summit of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. However, Lampard has no doubts that A Seleção would like to be able to call upon some of the England players.
"I think they would," Lampard said. "I'm certain they would look at some of the players because we've got top, top players who perform in Champions League and are some of the best in the world. You're talking about Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard, John Terry, Rio Ferdinand.
"Those guys could be compared to any player in the world and I'm sure teams like Brazil would want them in their teams. That's the big plus we have got to take from outside and try and make sure we play to our potential, and play together and do well as a group."