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Paul Scholes hails Pep Guardiola influence of England national team amid 2018 FIFA World Cup success

Posted: 9 July 2018 Time: 10:00

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been credited for influencing the recent success of the England national team - who have reached the semi-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

England eased past Sweden 2-0 on Saturday to reach the last-four of the World Cup for the first time in 28 years.

Their fluid composed displays over the past 12 months under the management of Gareth Southgate has been credited to that of Guardiola - who imposed his famed philosophy on current Premier League champions Manchester City.

"I think he is definitely [an influence]. Especially with the way the back three and the way they've got the goalkeeper playing as well," Scholes said during his stint as a pundit for beIN Sports.

"I don't think Gareth has made any secret of that. I think he's been to see Pep and he's picked his brain and he wants to know how he produces that type of football.

"For an England fan and an ex-England player, we want to see the best kind of football. We do. Spain play the best football. Manchester City, last year, played the best football. Why not try to copy that kind of play?"

During Guardiola's time in LaLiga and the Bundesliga, Spain and Germany won the respective World Cups - can England go all the way at Russia 2018?

Article by: Lorenz Kohler

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