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.
“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.”