D.C United striker Wayne Rooney is of the opinion that England’s golden generation would have “won everything” if they had current Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola at the helm.
Rooney has admitted that Guardiola’s class would have helped the Three Lions lift silverware which they failed to achieve despite having one of the best teams in the world.
The former Manchester United man bagged 120 caps during his time with England and went on to become the country’s all-time leading goalscorer in the process.
Wayne Rooney featured in six major international tournaments alongside some of England’s best players ever but his form was not the same as it was at club level.
Despite playing under decorated coaches such as Sven-Goran Eriksson, Fabio Capello, and Roy Hodgson during his international career, the forward believes someone like Guardiola would have made the difference.
He said on the Wayne Rooney Podcast:
“I watch [England] with excitement and happiness when they are winning.
“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.”
Rooney netted 53 goals during his international career leaving behind Sir Bobby Charlton’s tally of 49. The 33-year-old, who retired from international football in 2018, believes his time as the record-goalscorer for his country could be short-lived and tipped Harry Kane to beat him.
Kane, who is now England’s main striker, has already scored 26 times at the international level.