Scholes reveals snub reasoning

Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has revealed that he would have considered ending his international retirement to play at the 2010 World Cup had he been asked to join the England squad sooner.

Scholes quit England duty some six seasons ago, after Euro 2004, but coach Fabio Capello offered him the chance of a place in his provisional 30-man squad for the forthcoming tournament just days before it was announced.

The veteran schemer had an excellent season for his club, and his experience was deemed to have been necessary in a squad which lacks it when it comes to the reserve roles, which in the end went to Scott Parker and Tom Huddlestone, neither of whom made the cut for the final 23.

Scholes would have been the second member of the squad to have come out of retirement to play, joining Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, who made the final travelling party and could, according to World Cup Betting experts, well play in Saturday’s opener against the United States now that captain Rio Ferdinand is out of the tournament with a knee injury.

Scholes has been to two World Cups and two European Championships, but grew increasingly disillusioned with England life, mainly down to the fact that a series of managers played him out of position.

“It’s a big decision and I wasn’t really given enough time to think about it,” Scholes explained. “If Mr Capello had asked me earlier I probably would have accepted but there are players in the squad who have spent nearly two years flying all around the world helping England qualify for the World Cup, whereas I haven’t been involved for a long time.

“It wasn’t a case of wanting to go on holiday, it was the fact that I got the call so close to the tournament, and also I didn’t want to take the place of someone who had helped get England to South Africa. The idea just didn’t sit comfortably with me.”

Scholes also offered sympathy to his United team-mate Ferdinand, adding: “I really feel sorry for Rio, especially getting hurt so close to the start of the action. It’s not just sad for Rio but for England as well because he is captain and an important figure.”

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