Wayne Rooney has revealed that Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola and Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp are helping England players to improve their football.
Rooney was part of the England squad which suffered many times from major tournaments including Euro 2004, 2006 World Cup among others.
But Rooney, in an exclusive interview with Sky Sports’ Gary Neville ahead of England’s Thursday clash with the USA, has praised the Premier League duo to help English young players in their progression.
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Jurgen #Klopp on pressure that his side can feel as #Liverpool have had best ever start to a PL season with 30 points, and they have never before had a better goal difference or conceded as few at this stage. Klopp’s men remain in contention for the UCL knockout stages, too, despite a sobering defeat against Red Star. “I don’t feel pressure. That’s how it is,” said Klopp. “I made a decision long ago for myself: I give everything I have. I don’t hold anything back. In this moment, I can’t do better. I am really like I am. I know a lot about football. Do I know everything? I don’t think anybody [does] but I know a lot about it. I expect a lot from myself but there is no pressure. We want to win each game and if we don’t win it then we want to win the next one. Any other decisions – how people look at me and what people think about me – I have nothing to do with that because I have no influence on it. As long as we win football games, everybody thinks – even if they don’t like me – ‘He’s a good manager’. And when we lose football games, the people who don’t like me and the people who like me say, ‘Maybe he’s not the right manager anymore’. That’s how it is. If you know that before, how can it put pressure on your shoulders? I really don’t understand that. In a period when you don’t win football games, it’s not easy to be in the same mood with the press as you are in other situations. But not because I don’t like the press; I have no real opinion. When we lose football games you ask questions I don’t have an answer for. ‘Why did you lose the game?’ – I could say because we conceded goals. All these things are clear before we start, so where’s the pressure? I don’t feel it. That’s the 100% truth. I feel the intensity and the importance of the game, with different situations – Borro 2 years ago, Brighton last year, when we want to go to the Champions League with all we have, before finals of course – but it’s not pressure. I feel the intensity and the importance of the tournament and the situation. That’s why, pretty much most of the time, I’m in at least an OK mood. I love doing what I do, I feel really blessed that I have the opportunity to do it.” #YNWA #TheRedPost
“As a team, I think we were unlucky on a couple of occasions, on penalties, but I think we could have done better,” Rooney said.
“Maybe if we had those players in this era, when there does seem to be a lot more coaching, a lot more intelligence in terms of how the teams are prepared and set up, I think a lot of coaches, the likes of Guardiola and Klopp coming into the Premier League, are helping a lot of our young players.”
“I know there is a debate over foreign managers in the Premier League but I believe what they’re doing for the likes of Raheem Sterling, Kyle Walker, players like that, has given them a massive amount of knowledge of how to play the game. It’s my turn to go and watch as a fan now and try to enjoy it that way.”
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The former England captain added: “I just feel the managers we had were good. But if you’re asking were they at a level of a Spain or German manager or Italian manager?”
“You look at the Italian side who won the World Cup, quality-wise I don’t think they were as good as a few teams in the tournament, but just tactically they knew what they were doing, they knew their jobs and knew everything, and I think we were just one step behind with that.”