Paul Scholes claims Pep Guardiola is to thank for England success

Rex Christensen
July 12, 2018

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has claimed that Pep Guardiola is the main reason behind England's World Cup success.

Gareth Southgate made a decision to copy Guardiola's game plan for the World Cup finals and is now preparing for a semi-final showdown with Croatia.

'He wants to know how he produces that type of football.

Scholes continued "As an England fan and a former England player, we want to see the best football possible".

England's performances have shown character, desire, dedication and of course talent, which Scholes believes is down to the Guardiola effect. "However, we can say that Belgium has a similar style to Manchester City in the sense that we like to play with the ball and attack".

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Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne thanks Pep Guardiola for helping him to "grow a lot as an individual player" over the past 12 months. "Why not try to copy that kind of play?"

Four of Guardiola's City squad have been called for England at the World and they are playing a great role at England run at the competition.

"I think he's in danger of having an impact on English football", Southgate said of the City boss.

"Who coaches our youngest players?" The impact of seeing that Barcelona team five to seven years ago was enormous. When I watch kids' football now, when they can get on pitches that aren't flooded or frozen, I see them playing out from the back. I think that's an impact of his team, with the likes of Andres Iniesta and Xavi. Is Neymar's reputation done?

Just a strong Croatia side stand in the way of England reaching only their second World Cup final in their history, where either France or Belgium would await them.

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