The English captain remembers all too well the agony of missing out of qualification for Euro 2008 as they were handed a defeat by Croatia at home.
"It's a memory that I'll struggle to eject," he said. "It was one of the lowest moments of my international journey so I hope we don't go back to it."
The Liverpool midfielder was given permanent captaincy for the England team when Roy Hodgson was named as manager in May 2012.
He has already mentioned that he will see it as a personal achievement if he can lead the Lions to the World Cup.
He first made his international debut against Ukraine on 31 May 2000, and he is hoping to use his wealth of experience to guide the younger players on the team and inspire them to do their best for their country.
"Since we joined up last week, I've been speaking with the young lads every day on the bus going to the training ground, going to games," he said.
"Every time I get the chance to share a bit of experience with them is vital. It's important they are aware of how big this is and what's at stake.
"Everyone's itching to play, the young lads have taken inspiration from Andros's performance the other night and everyone is pushing for a place."
The 33-year old is confident that the talent in the English squad is enough to live up to fans expecations and lead the national team all the way to Brazil. Defeating Poland is a must, especially when their rivals for automatic qualification, Ukraine, are just a point behind and will be facing a team (San Marino) that has lost all of its nine qualifiers.
"I'd be absolutely delighted and be the proudest man in the country if we get the win we're after,” he continued.