Carlo Ancelotti believes England are better qualified for success at this summer's World Cup than his native Italy.
The Azzurri are the defending champions following their win in Germany four years ago but Chelsea boss Ancelotti likes the look of an England side moulded by his countryman Fabio Capello.
Ancelotti told Radio anch'io lo sport: "The England team has excellent credentials.
"They have players who play at a very high level and there are great expectations for the World Cup."
The former Italy centre-half added: "In Italy the situation is different because they are going through a transitional period.
"(Coach Marcello) Lippi will do well to unite the players who are emerging within the squad and those who were successful in 2006."
Ancelotti has been mentioned as a possible successor to Lippi but reiterated his desire to remain at Stamford Bridge.
"Me with the national team? No I am fine here," he said.
"I hope to stay at Chelsea, we have good chances to win things. I hope after Lippi it is an Italian coach but it is hard to say who the best candidate is."