Former England international and current D.C. United striker Wayne Rooney has claimed that the country’s golden generation would have won a lot more if the national team were being managed by Pep Guardiola.


England had a set of high quality players in the previous decade that were expected to take the world by storm, but fell woefully short. The national team even suffered the ignominy of failing to qualify for the Euro 2008 during that time.


However, Rooney, who played consistently for England until his retirement from international football and scored a record 53 goals, has suggested they would have won more if Guardiola was the one guiding the team.



"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."


We will never know if that is indeed the case, especially considering Guardiola’s methods mean he would need to be working with the players on a daily basis. That would not be possible with the national team, however, and is also another reason why Guardiola may never end up managing a country as it does not have the same excitement as the day to day of club football.