Wayne Rooney believes England’s ‘Golden Generation’ could have “won everything” if they had worked under a manager of Pep Guardiola’s calibre.
Rooney, who has 120 caps, competed at six major tournaments with England but never progressed past the quarter-final stage.
However, he believes England’s disappointing record was down to coaching rather than a lack of talent.
“I watch [England] with excitement and happiness when they are winning,” he told 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.”