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'Pep Has Influenced This England Team!'

A former England international believes that Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola deserves credit for how the Three Lions are doing at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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Gareth Southgate’s England will take on Croatia in the semi-final of the World Cup on Wednesday, after their 2-0 win over Sweden in the quarter-final on Saturday.

Paul Scholes, who made 66 appearances for England, feels that City manager Guardiola has influenced how the English national team plays, and specifically pointed out how they play out from defence.  

"Gareth Southgate went to see Pep and wanted to know how that kind of football is produced," Scholes said on beIN Sports.

"Guardiola has definitely been an influence for the national team, you just have to see the way the three centre-backs play and the way our goalkeeper plays.

"As an England fan and a former England player, we want to see the best football possible.

"Spain played the best football, Manchester City played the best football, why not try to copy that kind of game?"

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In 2010, Spain won the World Cup when Guardiola managed FC Barcelona, while four years later Germany lifted the trophy while the Spaniard was in charge of Bayern Munich.

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