Francesco Totti believes there will be no more England failures now that Fabio Capello is in charge.
Totti endured a stormy relationship with the new England coach during his time in charge at Roma, but retains a grudging respect for what he has achieved.
In leading the side to the Scudetto in 2001, Capello lived up to his reputation as a strong disciplinarian whilst at the Stadio Olimpico, and his management style angered a number of players and supporters.
Despite admitting that the two of them did not always get along, Totti is adamant that his former boss is the right man to turn around England's flagging fortunes.
"England will be far more competitive with this coach," Totti told the Daily Mirror.
"With Capello on the bench, England would not have lost those games with Russia and Croatia.
"I don't know how Capello will succeed with England or whether he will be popular, but he will not mind as long as he wins.
"The players will now be under a different character. He's strong, determined and has had success wherever he's gone."
The Roma captain also told that whilst Capello's personality may not always endear him to his players, he is totally focused on creating a winning mentality within his sides, and is more than capable of handling pressure from the British media.
"Fabio was always a hard type of manager," Totti said.
"He was always the general and the players were his soldiers.
"He was very distant with his players and was always clear with what he said and what he wanted.
"A lot of the time the players didn't support him or what he said, but he'd always give them the belief and confidence to get the victory.
"He is very fair in his treatment of players from the very first day, but if you make a mistake or fail then you don't come into his plans again.
"He's a winner, a total winner. He has style but his only objective is the victory for his team. Capello is only concerned about winning and he is not preoccupied by the opinion of the fans or the press."