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Dublin tips 'special' Scholes for England recall

Scholes quit international football in 2004.  (©GettyImages)
Scholes quit international football in 2004. (©GettyImages).

Former Manchester United and England striker Dion Dublin feels Paul Scholes would be a great asset if he's tempted out of international retirement for this summer's European Championships.

Following his retirement at the end of last season, Scholes signed a six-month deal with United until the end of this season, with his impact already sparking talk of an England recall.

Having previously declined Fabio Capello's offer to come out of retirement for the 2010 World Cup, Scholes was tipped to be on the Italian's radar again prior to his resignation over the John Terry debacle.

And Dublin says: "I can see that. I imagine if you took a poll of players, there wouldn't be many who didn't want Paul Scholes in their side. He defies age.

"He hasn't lost any passion for the game. He has an aura about him that makes you think he can do anything. He is a very special player. I am not surprised how easily he has adapted back to the game.

"It is the same for anyone. I am sure I could go out there now and do exactly the same things if my body would hold up."

Harry Redknapp, who is hotly tipped to be Capello's successor, revealed last week that he would be pick Scholes for the summer finals if thrust into the position, but United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is less than keen.

"I don't think there's any chance of that," the Scot said.

"His reason for refusing last time was that it was late in the day. "He felt the players who got them there should be involved. Two years on, to go back to play for England after seven years, it's a big step."

Ferguson has already admitted that such has been Scholes' form since his return to the fold that he could be offered a new deal this summer.

Meanwhile, interim manager Stuart Pearce is expected to overlook Scholes, along with a host of established names, when naming England's squad for the friendly with Holland on February 29.

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