England boss Roy Hodgson claims it is not "impossible" the country could win the World Cup in Brazil in 2014.
Hodgson pointed to Chelsea's against-the-odds Champions League triumph last season, when they knocked out Barcelona and then beat Bayern Munich on penalties, as evidence that the fancied sides can be beaten.
He said: "You could say we are far from being favourites (for the World Cup) so therefore it's (winning it) not a likelihood. But you've got to shy away from 'impossible' in football.
"There are plenty of events that we could point to in footballing terms that you could have said were impossible, but people have done it.
"It wasn't likely that Chelsea would become champions of Europe, especially having to change their manager in mid-stream but they did.
"That was by beating Barcelona and Bayern Munich, two of the best teams in Europe along the way, so I'd like to keep that dream alive."
Hodgson has also urged people not to trust everything they read about him, including his ability to play the harmonica.
The England manager revealed he was bemused by some speculation on his interests.
He added: "I was told by my sister that on Wikipedia I have two sons and I don't know where the other one's come from because my wife and I only have one, Christopher; and that I'm a great Rolling Stones fan and, with great respect to the Rolling Stones, I was brought up with soul music and rhythm and blues.
"There're a lot of things that can the written about you. Another thing I heard strangely enough was that I'm a harmonica player. Someone less musical than me would be hard to find."