Scholes could make England return


Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has been linked with a sensational return to the England squad after recently coming out of retirement.

The 37-year-old has not featured for the Three Lions since 2004 after calling time on his international career, despite managers regularly pleading for him to reconsider.

Scholes has performed well in his first few games back at Old Trafford, and now appears to have left the door open for an England return, after revealing he was tempted to answer Fabio Capello's call for him to play at the 2010 World Cup.

"I like being at home, but I was tempted," he told the Daily Express. "Every hour I changed my mind. But in the end the thought of being away for six weeks made up my mind. I just don't enjoy being away from home for long periods.

"That was why I stopped in the first place, after the Euro 2004 finals. Plus the fact that I didn't feel I was playing very well.

"People said it was because I didn't like being played on the left, but that wasn't the case. I'd played on the left for United and scored a lot of goals one season from there."

Recalling the moment Scholes decided he wanted to make a playing comeback, the seasoned professional admits he was nervous about approaching Sir Alex Ferguson to discuss a possible return.

"After two months' training with the youth team I felt I could still play," he explained. "I ended up playing in some practice games and was getting fitter and fitter, so I went to see the manager.

"How did I feel? Scared. I wasn't sure what sort of reaction I would get. I told the boss I wanted to play again, not necessarily for United - just play again.

"He was brilliant. After that, telling my teammates or actually going back out on the pitch was never a problem."

Having made his Manchester United comeback, the question on everybody's lips is whether or not Scholes would also consider a return to the national team.

"Who knows," was his response.

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