Wembley icon thinks the players should toughen up.
Former England captain Ray Wilkins is adamant the current crop of Three Lions stars should not be inhibited by fear of playing in the major tournaments.
Manager Fabio Capello blamed the huge pressure on the players for their poor performances during the World Cup in South Africa last year.
England now only need a point from their game against Montenegro tonight to guarantee progress into the Euro 2012 Championships in Poland and the Ukraine next summer.
But Wilkins insists all the players that will be selected for the tournament will have the experience to play in international championships.
“Fear shouldn’t come to it,” Wilkins told Caughtoffside. “The players are all relatively experienced and should be able to handle the situations.
“It’ not as if they play in the Sunday leagues and are not used to it.
“They all play Champions League football and in some of the biggest stadiums around the world. So they shouldn’t really have a problem with that (fear).
Wilkins also dismissed Paul Scholes’ claims that the England squad was riddled with cliques and that hampered the chances of ever winning a major international trophy.
Asked if he had ever experienced divides in the Three Lions changing room, Wilkins said: “No.
“The biggest honour you can have is playing for your country and going to play in major tournaments.
“The friendships you make, carry on from those big tournaments, and are different class.
“I was privileged to play in two – well, one and a half – and the friendships are still there.”