Fergie stands by Scholes' decision

14 May 2010 08:11
England coach Fabio Capello was always fighting a losing battle in his bid to persuade Paul Scholes to come out of international retirement, according to Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson. Capello has asked the 35-year-old midfielder to reconsider his self-imposed international exile in order to be part of his squad for South Africa. The Italian had successfully persuaded Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher to perform a U-turn over his international career. However, Scholes whose last appearance for the Three Lions came at Euro 2004, rejected the chance in a move which didn't surprise Ferguson. "Paul made his decision years ago. I think Fabio did the right thing to give him the opportunity to come back but he's established with his family, he enjoys his family life and I don't think it was a goer," he said. "He spoke to me and I told him to go with his gut instinct, and his gut instinct was to stay where he was." Meanwhile, Ferguson has United stars Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney to put injury problems behind them and shine at the World Cup. Rooney has been plagued by ankle and groin problems during the closing weeks of a career-best 34-goal season for the Red Devils, which ended with the striker being named the PFA player of the year. Meanwhile, England captain Ferdinand started just 12 of United's 38 Premier League games after struggling to shake off a long-running back problem. Both players have declared themselves fully fit for the World Cup and Ferguson has no concerns about their ability to perform in South Africa. "Rio should be okay," he said. "He's had a spell in the last few weeks where we've nurtured him very closely and not pushed him until we get proper fitness in him. "Once you've got that fitness, and he played for us on Sunday, there's no problem. "Looking at the strikers in the world today Wayne is up there with all of them. "Opponents will not be looking forward to playing against him, they'll be worrying about that because he's such a dynamic personality and player."

Source: ESA