Scholes initially agreed England return
Published : 03 Sep 2010 19:10:30
Fabio Capello, the England manager, has suggested Paul Scholes had agreed to come out of international retirement before this summer's World Cup finals - before changing his mind on the eve of the squad announcement. Scholes, 35, complained at the time that he was not given enough time to consider the approach and was unhappy that the approach was made by the assistant coach Franco Baldini rather than Capello himself. Capello has said that the Manchester United midfielder initially agreed to return to the Three Lions, before changing his mind. "Franco spoke with him in the evening and he said yes," he told ITV. "In the morning he said no because he preferred to stay at home. He said he is too old to play more games and in more competitions, he prefers to be okay for Manchester United." Jamie Carragher, the Liverpool defender, did return from international exile to take part in the tournament. Scholes earned 66 caps for his country, scoring 16 goals. He retired from international football in 2004 as he was not a regular under then coach Sven-Goran Eriksson.