Wayne Rooney believes England’s ‘Golden Generation’ could’ve ‘won everything’ under Pep Guardiola

Germany v England: 2010 FIFA World Cup - Round of Sixteen

Has there ever been a more frustrating flight of footballers than England’s so-called ‘Golden Generation’?

Made up of some of the most talented players the country has ever produced, they simply could not cut the mustard when wearing that famous white shirt.

Their baffling performances at global tournaments simply could not be explained and their failure to bring anything home is one of the greatest mysteries in football.

At one point, the likes of Gary Neville, David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Wayne Rooney, Michael Owen and Ashley Cole - to name but a few - all shared the same field in a Three Lions shirt.

Club legends in their own right, cult heroes, global icons and even a Ballon d’Or winner, they were an absolute dream line-up on paper.

Yet the moment they pulled on an England shirt, it all fell to bits and it made no sense.

Now, the aforementioned Rooney - England’s leading goalscorer - thinks he knows what the Golden Generation’s problem was.

During his lengthy international career, Rooney played under the likes of Sven Goran Eriksen, Fabio Capello and Roy Hodgson, but the striker believes they could have ‘won everything’ had they had someone like Pep Guardiola at the helm.


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.”

Just imagine if Guardiola had been set loose with that kind of talent at his disposal - glorious.

It may have easily been one of the most dominant periods ever in international history.

Sadly, as a team, they will always be remembered for their failure to produce on the biggest stage and will go down in history as nothing more than a lump of disappointment.

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