[caption id="attachment_804831" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-804831" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/England-AFP-Getty.jpg" alt="" width="628" height="334" /> England have never won the men's World Cup, but with 100 days to go until the start of the latest edition, a team captained by Eoin Morgan are top of the 50-over world rankings. @ AFP/Getty Images[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/alastair-cook/">Alastair Cook</a> believes <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/england/">England</a> can end decades of World Cup disappointment with a triumph on home soil this year. England have never won the men's World Cup, but with 100 days to go until the start of the latest edition, a team captained by <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/eoin-morgan/">Eoin Morgan</a> are top of the 50-over world rankings. <p></p> <p></p>Former England skipper Cook, who retired from international cricket last year as the country's highest Test run-scorer and most-capped player, said there were several reasons why Morgan's men could go one better than the England teams that lost in the 1979, 1987 and 1992 finals. <p></p> <p></p>"They re a very settled side, they ve got 15 players pretty much nailed on for that squad," Cook told AFP at an <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/icc-world-cup-2019">ICC World Cup 2019</a> event in London's Trafalgar Square on Tuesday. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/not-to-freeze-in-a-knockout-game-will-be-key-to-england-in-world-cup-nasser-hussain-804767">Not to freeze in a knockout game will be key to England in World Cup: Nasser Hussain</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>"Everyone knows their role, they're very comfortable in their role, they've got a lot of strength in depth, they seem to have a lot of options covered and they're an exciting team to watch. They are a brilliant one-day side. <p></p> <p></p>Cook never played in a World Cup, with the left-handed opening batsman dramatically dropped from the squad that then failed to beat a fellow Test nation while suffering a group-stage exit at the 2015 edition in Australia and New Zealand. <p></p> <p></p>But Cook said a change of attitude lay behind England's rise up the one-day rankings since that dismal display. <p></p> <p></p>"Probably over the years we've really concentrated on Test cricket as a nation. Over the last three or four years we've really given the one-day cricket its due," he said. <p></p> <p></p>It was a point emphasised by former England spinner <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/graeme-swann/">Graeme Swann</a>, who said: "I just think England are picking the right team these days. They're picking one-day specialists and the sky's the limit. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/west-indies-vs-england-2018-19-top-ranked-england-play-like-no-2-and-were-chasing-somebody-eoin-morgan-804630">Top-ranked England play like No 2 and we're chasing somebody: Eoin Morgan</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>"When they bat, people like <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/jason-roy/">Jason Roy</a>, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/jonny-bairstow">Jonny Bairstow</a>, they think that (scoring) 400 is feasible rather than an impossible dream. I think England have finally picked a very aggressive team as well, with Eoin Morgan, who's a brilliant captain. <p></p> <p></p>"They've got a team that is putting them in firm contention to win this World Cup," insisted Swann, who added "I never thought we (England) would win it deep down when I was there." <p></p> <p></p>Swann was a member of the only England men's side to have won a major global trophy the 2010 World Twenty20 in the Caribbean and sees parallels between that team and Morgan's men. <p></p> <p></p>"The only world trophy I thought we had a genuine chance of winning was the World Twenty20 in the West Indies that we did because we were ahead of the curve there. <p></p> <p></p>"We picked a team of specialists, people like <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/craig-kieswetter/">Craig Kieswetter</a>, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/michael-lumb/">Michael Lumb</a> and I think that's what England have finally started doing in the one-day game as well." <p></p> <p></p>But Swann warned that England would face several tough opponents in their quest for World Cup glory. "You can never write off <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/india/">India</a>, they are an exceptional one-day team, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/virat-kohli/">Virat Kohli</a> is a brilliant captain, brilliant player." (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/west-indies-vs-england-2018-19-englands-fast-bowling-stocks-competitive-ahead-of-world-cup-chris-woakes-804503">England's fast-bowling stocks competitive ahead of World Cup: Chris Woakes</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>As for champions Australia, England's oldest rivals and five-times World Cup-winners, Swann said: "The Aussies are like Germany in the football you can never write them off at a World Cup." <p></p> <p></p>Swann though said he was particularly looking forward to watching Pakistan, who won the 2017 Champions Trophy one-day tournament in Britain. <p></p> <p></p>"They are so mercurial, you never know what you are going to get. When they are on fire, they are absolutely explosive and when they're not, they're awful."