England 'should play like Liverpool'
this season, in which they fell just
short of a first league title since
1990, reminded him of "United at
"It would be refreshing for England
to adopt Liverpool's attacking
mentality," said Scholes.
"That means four - and possibly five
- Liverpool players in the starting
Liverpool, rejuvenated under
manager Brendan Rodgers, scored
101 goals in the league this season
as they finished just two points
adrift of champions Manchester
They topped the table with three
matches to go but faltered to let
City claim their second title in
performances impressed Scholes.
"The thing I admired most was the
swagger of their play and how they
terrorised opponents, which
reminded me of United at their
best," he wrote in a blog for
bookmakers Paddy Power.
At the heart of Liverpool's rise were
captain Steven Gerrard, Daniel
Sturridge, Raheem Sterling, Jordan
Henderson and Glen Johnson, who
are all in Hodgson's 23-man squad.
"I'd definitely start with Gerrard,
Sturridge, Henderson and Sterling,"
said Scholes. "The question mark is
Johnson at right-back."
The former England midfielder felt
ex-United team-mate Phil Jones was
a serious rival to Johnson, but
admitted the Liverpool defender
was "a touch better going forward".
England were heavily criticised for
their performances at the 2010
World Cup in South Africa, as they
laboured through the group stage -
including a desperate 0-0 draw with
Algeria - before being
comprehensively beaten by a
vibrant Germany in the last 16.
"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]."
Scholes said Hodgson's decision to
exclude Michael Carrick from the
squad was an error, though,
claiming that the Manchester
United player offered the best
alternative to Gerrard in a deep-
lying midfield position.
"If there's an injury to Gerrard,
nobody jumps out to replace him,"
said Scholes, who made 66
appearances for England.
"I don't see Henderson, Frank
Lampard or Jack Wilshere playing
Gerrard's role. England's success in
the group stages hinge on Gerrard
England kick off their Group D
campaign against Italy on 14 June,
before tackling Uruguay five days
later and Costa Rica on 24 June.
Scholes also voiced his opinion on
Yaya Toure's recent complaints
about a perceived lack of respect
shown him by the club's owners on
the day of his 31st birthday.
"It was comical," said the 39-year-
old. "It's quite embarrassing, really.
I can't remember Man United
players acting like this."
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