Ferguson: Scholes decision 'gut instinct'

Published Add your comment

Football News

Paul Scholes discussed his decision to turn down Fabio Capello's invitation to come out of international retirement and join the England squad with Sir Alex Ferguson.

The 35-year-old midfielder called time on his England career six years ago but boss Capello was hoping to persuade him into a rethink ahead of the World Cup. Manchester United boss Ferguson revealed he spoke to Scholes and told him to go with his "gut instinct".

"Paul made his decision years ago," said Ferguson. "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 added: "He spoke to me and I told him to go with his gut instinct, and his gut instinct was to stay where he was."

Injury-hit Red Devils pair Owen Hargreaves and Gary Neville missed out on Capello's 30-man training squad, and Ferguson backed Capello's selection decision.

"Owen has not had enough football so you couldn't honestly pick him, that's straightforward," he added.

"Gary has had injury problems over the last few years and I'm sure Fabio has taken that into consideration and he's well covered."

Ferguson was on Thursday night presented with the Virgin Active Outstanding Contribution to British Sport Award at the Sport Industry Awards 2010, receiving the trophy from Capello.

Copyright (c) PA Sport 2009, All Rights Reserved.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Premier League
Manchester United
Paul Scholes
Owen Hargreaves
Gary Neville

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again