Wayne Rooney says that his generation of English stars would have won more at the international level with a manager of Pep Guardiola’s calibre in charge.
The former England star amassed 120 caps during his time with the Three Lions, becoming the team’s all-time leading goalscorer in the process.
He starred at six tournaments at the senior level with the national team but failed to bring home any major honours despite playing alongside some of the best players to ever play the game.
Rooney’s played under the likes of Sven-Goran Eriksson, Fabio Capello and Roy Hodgson during his international career, but he believes that the team could have reached a much higher level under someone like Manchester City’s current boss.
“I watch [England] with excitement and happiness when they are winning,” he said on the Wayne Rooney Podcast.
“You look at our team 10 years ago and arguably we had the best group of players in world football.
“Rio Ferdinand, John Terry, Ashley Cole, [Steven] Gerrard, [Paul] Scholes, [Frank] Lampard, [David] Beckham, myself, Michael Owen – our team then, if we had a Guardiola with that group of players, we’d have won everything, no doubt about it.”