Scholes rues Neville's lost years

16 February 2011 03:30
Paul Scholes believes old mate Gary Neville would have had 120 England caps if he had not been struck down by so many injuries during the latter years of his career. Neville announced his retirement earlier this month after finally abandoning the quest to recover from a succession of problems, which began with a broken ankle he suffered against Bolton in March 2007. The injury came a month after his 85th and final cap, appropriately enough at Old Trafford, in a friendly defeat by Spain. Given he was only 32 at the time, and Ashley Cole has only just broken Kenny Sansom's previous record of 86 England appearances, it is a fair bet Neville would have gone on to become the most-capped full-back and given Cole a real target to aim at. "We saw the other day that Ashley Cole broke the record for the most-capped full-back," reflected Scholes. "But there is nothing more certain than if Gary had stayed fit than he would have had more than 120 caps by now. "It's just a shame that his fitness wasn't right and now he has made the decision to retire."

Source: PA