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Pep Guardiola reveals rangy striker as his favourite English player…and it’s not who you’d expect

If reports are to be believed, current Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola is heading for the Premier League in 2016. After announcing his decision to leave the Bundesliga giants at the end of the season, he has since been linked with the manager’s jobs at Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.

And with England likely to be his next destination, he has undoubtedly been paying close attention to football on these shores, and The Sun have revealed that in a 2006 interview with the man he confessed to a rather strange name being his favourite player.

Speaking to a magazine publication around the time of the World Cup in Germany, he admitted that while he found Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney the country’s most pleasing to watch player, it was in fact lanky hit man Peter Crouch that registered as his favourite.

“Wayne Rooney is perhaps more decisive and beautiful to watch,” he said.

“But what’s certain is that Crouch conditions you more. With Crouch, you have to play to Crouch’s game. And playing to Crouch’s game gives you a lot.”

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