Guardiola backs England to win the Euros

Guardiola also compared England's performances with Manchester City

By Web Desk
May 04, 2024
Pep Guardiola. - AFP

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has backed England to win the European Championship this year.

Under Gareth Southgate, England qualified for the last four of the World Cup in 2018 and the quarter-finals of the 2022 World Cup, as well as making it to the Euro 2020 final, where they went down against Italy.

Guardiola also compared England's performances with Manchester City in the Champions League, which they won for the first time last season after coming close many times.

"The national team? Really good. But it's not just the talent of the strikers, it's the whole package, the whole group. Gareth knows perfectly what he has to do," Guardiola told reporters ahead of his side's Premier League game against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

"I have the feeling, everyone has the feeling, that the England national team, in the last events, the World Cup and European Championships, they made steps. They are on the verge, they are really close. They lost a final and got to a semi-final.

"When you arrive at these stages every two years, it's going to happen. It's quite similar to us - we were close and, in the end, we lifted it. Just believe it. If they believe it they can do it, believe it and they can do it."

England are slotted with Slovenia, Denmark and Serbia at Euro 2024 in Germany, which starts on June 14.

Euro 2024 Groups

Group A: Germany, Scotland, Hungary, Switzerland

Group B: Spain, Croatia, Italy, Albania

Group C: Slovenia, Denmark, Serbia, England

Group D: Poland, Netherlands, Austria, France

Group E: Belgium, Slovakia, Romania, Ukraine

Group F: Turkey, Georgia, Portugal, Czech Republic