Xavi has always liked English football and praises Lampard, Gerrard and others.

Barcelona midfield maestro Xavi admires the English game and says he wished he played with the likes of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard at the Nou Camp.

Both Gerrard and Lampard have been great players people like to watch and also have given former England managers headaches over how to fit them in their starting XI and Xavi who has won 7 La Liga titles, 3 Champions League and 2 FIFA Club World Cup with Barcelona is convinced both players can play at any level required.

'I would have in my team any top technically-gifted player, Gerrard could have played for Barcelona, as could Lampard. They're players with top-quality technique,' Xavi said when asked by BBC Sport which English players could play at Barca.

'Here we prioritise technique over the physical aspect of the game. So a lot of English players could play for Barcelona.'

The Spaniard also praised Wilshere and Sterling as next generation talents.

'There is a lot of talent out there and I think Jack Wilshire is an amazing player, very good. Raheem Sterling has a great future ahead of him.

'Then there's the older guys such as Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and John Terry. They're part of English history, winning every single title.'‎

Xavi revealed he used to watch English football as a kid, remembering goals from the likes of Paul Gascoigne and Matt Le Tissier.

'I remember John Barnes, Paul Gascoigne and Matt Le Tissier. We used to watch a lot of English football. They used to show highlights and Le Tissier scored some spectacular goals,' Xavi added.

'I remember the European Championships in England with Gascoigne playing some great matches and remember the 'sombrero' at Wembley [Gascoigne's goal against Scotland]. It was spectacular.'

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