England should thank Pep Guardiola for World Cup run, says Paul Scholes

England should thank Pep Guardiola for World Cup run, says Paul Scholes

England’s successful World Cup campaign is down to the influence of Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, according to former Three Lions and Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes. 

Gareth Southgate has led the English charge in Russia as they are just two days away from playing their first World Cup semi-final in 28 years.

Just a strong Croatia side stand in the way of England reaching only their second World Cup final in their history, where either France or Belgium would await them.

England’s performances have shown character, desire, dedication and of course talent, which Scholes believes is down to the Guardiola effect.

Barcelona’s famous ‘Tiki-Taka’ style of play dominated a generation and has since influenced the world into a more idealist way of playing the game.

Southgate’s passing style is reminiscent of Guardiola, which doesn’t surprise Scholes.

“Guardiola? He is definitely [an influence on England],” he told BeIN Sports (via Football Espana).

“Especially when you see the way they’ve got the back three, the way they’ve got the goalkeeper playing.

“I don’t think Gareth [Southgate] has made any secret of that, he’s been to see Pep and he’s picked his brain.

“He wants to know how he produces that type of football. As an England fan and ex-England player, we want to see the best possible football.

“Spain played the best football, Manchester City played the best football, so why not try and copy that type of play?”