By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger believes that England’s ‘golden’ generation have become the ‘now or never’ generation.
It goes without saying that the Arsenal manager will be glued to the World Cup draw on Friday evening and he will be keeping an eye out for two teams in particular – France and England.
The first needs no explanation but Wenger is intrigued by the challenge that faces his adopted country. England qualified for the 2010 Finals in some style and have been tipped to shine in South Africa.
According to Wenger, next summer’s tournament will be the final chance for this crop of English talent to get their hands on the biggest prize in football.
“I will watch it [the draw] with two big interests - France, because they are my home country and England because they have such a big hope,” said Wenger.
“For England it's the generation of now or never because add four years to the Ferdinands, Lampards, Beckhams... these are the players who form the basis of the team.
“Of course not Rooney, who will still be highly competitive in four years, but the others will be 33 or 34 in four years time and it's difficult to win a World Cup at that age.
“The draw will be very interesting,” added Wenger.
“But I wouldn't necessarily want to see England and France drawn together because at the start you want easier groups.”Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 4 Dec 2009