Pep Guardiola’s style of play has vindicated by Manchester City’s success in the Premier League, says Jason Wilcox. The City Academy boss believes that Guardiola’s influence extends well beyond the Etihad Stadium. Wilcox insists that his teammates are not only playing football at the club but also on the pitch.

He’s also played a part in England’s best performance at a major tournament for 55 years. The Three Lions’ semi-final victory over Denmark was their best performance since 1958. They held on to a 2-1 lead in the dying minutes and completed 53 passes in two and Half minutes as the Wembley crowd roared approval.

Manchester City players Raheem Sterling, John Stones, and Kyle Walker started the Euro 2020 final against Italy. The trio has all been working under Pep Guardiola for the past four years. Phil Foden missed the final through injury, while Jadon Sancho came off the bench. Manchester City’s style of play was integral to the development of both youngsters.

Manchester City Academy manager Jason Wilcox says Pep Guardiola’s style of play has influenced English football. Wilcox

“THE WAY OF SCORING, THE WAY OF BUILDING UP FROM THE BACK AND FINISHING IN THE FINAL THIRD AS A TEAM, AND PLAYING WITH A HIGH LINE AND PLAYING IN THE OPPOSITION HALF THIS WAY HAS UNDOUBTEDLY COME FROM PEP”

 Wilcox believes City’s young players are well equipped to break through at the Etihad or elsewhere.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has led England to their best run of results in major tournaments since the era of Sir Alf Ramsey, Bobby Moore and Geoff Hurst. Wilcox says there’s been a remarkable correlation between a national team’s success and Guardiola working on a daily basis with the country’s best players. Spain’s victories at the 2010 World Cup and 2012 European Championship were built around his Barcelona players, while he was at Bayern when Germany won the 2014 World Cup.

Pep Guardiola is the “best manager in the world” and has had an influence on Manchester United’s Academy, according to academy boss John O’Driscoll. He says it takes courage and a lot of hard work to play his way not just on a Saturday, but hours and hours of practice every day. The former England Under21s boss also believes that he has helped develop players in every way.

Manchester City’s young players have captured the hearts of plenty of fans as much for what they are doing off the field as on it. England Under- midfielder Phil Foden is part of this exciting, young group of role models. He was already a poster boy for the Academy after making the big step from exciting prospect to first-team regular. But his performances on the international stage have made staff even more proud of their biggest success story.

Phil Wilcox says Phil Jagielka’s England team-mates’ influence is inspiring young kids to want to be like them. The Stockport County midfielder has grown as a player but remains

“DOWN TO EARTH KID FROM STOCKPORT”,

Says Wilcox. Wilcox

“WE’RE AS PROUD OF HIM FOR HIS CONDUCT AS HIS FOOTBALL”

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