Former England and Manchester United playmaker Paul Scholes has said England must look to "terrorise" their opponents in the same style as Liverpool if they're to succeed at this summer's World Cup.
BBC Sport quotes Scholes as advising Three Lions manager Roy Hodgson to mimic the Reds' approach, giving Brendan Rodgers' stars his backing to feature prominently in England's starting XI:
It would be refreshing for England to adopt Liverpool's attacking mentality. That means four - and possibly five - Liverpool players in the starting XI.
The thing I admired most was the swagger of their play and how they terrorised opponents, which reminded me of United at their best. I'd definitely start with [Steven] Gerrard, [Daniel] Sturridge, [Jordan] Henderson and [Raheem] Sterling. The question mark is [Glen] Johnson at right-back.
Liverpool were in with a shot at the 2013-14 Premier League title until a drop of form saw them succumb to Manchester City in the closing stages of their campaign, but Scholes has seen enough for their players to earn prominence this summer.
Rodgers would appear to agree with Scholes, telling The Guardian as far back as February that the English core of his squad can help Hodgson:
In total, Rodgers' side matched the Citizens in attack. They scored 101 goals, just one less than City, but their defence wasn't as assured, which eventually led to them settling for second spot.
However, Scholes is a fan of the free and expressing manner in which Rodgers' men went about their play, and he notes the importance of a healthy Steven Gerrard:
2010 was so negative with boring draws. Nothing seemed to happen. England fans would rather 3-3 games than dull 0-0 draws. I'd love to see Roy be brave enough to play like Liverpool [or Manchester United teams of the past].
If there's an injury to Gerrard, nobody jumps out to replace him. I don't see Henderson, Frank Lampard or Jack Wilshere playing Gerrard's role. England's success in the group stages hinge on Gerrard staying fit.
England scored just three goals in their four 2010 World Cup matches, including a disappointing 0-0 stalemate against Algeria. Euro 2012 showed that there may have already been changes implemented by Hodgson's side, who then netted five goals in four outings.
It's no surprise that some of Liverpool's English stars have impressed Scholes, and The New York Times (h/t Soccer Gods) illustrates just how strong the Reds' homegrown ranks are compared to City's:
Scholes also went on to comment on Yaya Toure's recent outcry. Per BBC Sport, Toure was reportedly upset with the "lack of respect" shown to him by the club in relation to his 31st birthday celebrations.
It's difficult to term his actions as anything but immature, especially considering the public nature of his complaints. Scholes said, "It was comical. It's quite embarrassing, really. I can't remember Man United players acting like this."
Toure is just coming off the back of Premier League title success at the Etihad Stadium, but his future remains up in the air due to his recent complaints.
Both Toure and England will hope to create positive headlines at the World Cup, but Scholes clearly feels the latter needs Liverpool's help to do so.
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