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Hughes: Scholes was worth a call

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Manchester United legend Mark Hughes believes England boss Roy Hodgson missed a trick by not trying to tempt Paul Scholes out of international retirement.

The United midfielder has already completed one retirement reversal after he came back to the Red Devils first-team midway through the season. And former-United forward Mark Hughes thinks making the call to Scholes before Euro 2012 would have been worth a shot.

Writing in the Daily Mail, Hughes said: “I know Paul [Scholes] drew a line under his international career, but it would have been a call worth making. Just in case.”

England have suffered a number of injuries in Scholes’ central midfield position, as Manchester City’s Gareth Barry and Chelsea’s Frank Lampard have had to withdraw from the squad. Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere would have also filled a spot in the England squad, but he has missed the entire season through injury.

With Michael Carrick unwilling to play a bit-part role for the Three Lions, Hodgson turned to Jordan Henderson and Everton defender Phil Jagielka to fill the vacant spots.

But the QPR manager believes Hodgson missed a great opportunity to bring Scholes back into the international fold, and the United man would surely have had a large role to play in the tournament now others have been forced to drop out.

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