2010 FIFA World Cup: Paul Scholes Wanted To Play for England

Daniel GoochAnalyst IJune 7, 2010

Paul Scholes has admitted he would have returned to the England team if he had been given more time to consider the offer from the boss Fabio Capello.

The Manchester United midfielder retired from the international squad after Euro 2004 to concentrate on his career at for the Red Devils.

Even though he quit the England team, Capello still asked him to travel to South Africa to bring some more experience to the team this summer.

Jamie Carragher who also retired from the England team accepted the invitation, but Scholes decided not to make a shock comeback.

However, the midfielder has revealed that if Capello spoke to him sooner than he did, there may have been more chance that he would have expected.

He didn't have enough time to prepare for a extra month of football.

"It's a big decision and I wasn't really given enough time to think about it, so I decided not to take up the offer.

"If they'd asked me earlier I probably would have accepted.

"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 helped get England to South Africa.

"The idea just didn't sit comfortably with me."

Scholes also offered sympathy to his fellow United defender Rio Ferdinand, who picked up a knee injury in training last week and has been pulled out of the team and replaced Dawson.

"I really feel 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."

It would have been great to see Scholes in South Africa. I remember seeing him play when I was younger, and thinking that England where fine as long as Scholes was there getting in his tackles and blocking shots, along with his great long shots.