Kidd backs City's England stars

28 September 2010 05:00

Manchester City are preparing to give England a helping hand ahead of their Euro 2012 qualifier with Montenegro on October 12 - but assistant manager Brian Kidd believes the euphoria of winning a trophy would far outweigh the pride at being such a substantial part of the Three Lions.

City ended up with six players on the field as England dismantled Switzerland in Basle earlier this month, an impressive achievement for a club who have been scouring the planet for new talent under Roberto Mancini. There is no reason to imagine that same half dozen will not be on duty next month either, maintaining the feel-good factor that has grown around Eastlands.

"It is wonderful to have these players in the England team," Kidd said. "But as a Manchester lad, who has been lucky and blessed to have been involved with both local clubs, I just want Manchester City to win a trophy."

After representing both Manchester City and United during his own illustrious career, and winning two caps as well as coaching the national side for a couple of years when Sven-Goran Eriksson was in charge, Kidd has no doubt the greater glory for City comes through winning a trophy, something they have failed to do since 1976.

He added: "Once we can put that to bed, it will be the start of something big.

"Winning is intoxicating. When you get your first trophy, you want more.

"The staff want it and so do the players. It goes without saying it is the same for the fans."

After being appointed assistant manager to Mancini last December, Kidd is now back in the blue half of the city.

A scorer for United in the European Cup final win over Benfica on his 19th birthday in 1968, Kidd also found the net in City's UEFA Cup first-leg win over Juventus in 1976.

Source: PA