Scholes return an England no-brainer

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Throughout his career, Paul Scholes has arguably been one of the best ever Premier League players.

With 477 caps to his name at present, the midfielder has shown incredible talent during his career - most notably with his array of fine passing, hard tacking and the ability to score goals season after season - which in turn results in an ideal central midfielder.

His club have been lucky to gain such a talent - joining the Red Devils when he was just 14, 'Scholesy' as he is known has without doubt been a key ingredient to the success the club has enjoyed over the past 15 years.

The question is, however, could this veteran - who only came out of retirement to help his former boss Sir Alex Ferguson through an injury crisis - be what England's national side need to help make things tick in the European Champions this summer.

Undoubtedly, the movement the national team is making at present seems to be shifting the older players aside and welcoming in new talent - a fresh start some might say - but maybe this old gem could be what the Three Lions need to help move the ball in ways that England as a nation tend to struggle to do in major tournaments.

Scholes, throughout his career, has proven to have the ability to pick out the crucial pass - whether that be 5 or 40 yards - which has been on many an occasion to be the difference between his side and the opposition.

In the summer when the chips are down, Scholes may just be the man than pings a ball to split open a defence and send England through into the latter stages - something that Harry Redknapp - current favourite to be offered the England job - acknowledges as he states he would take the midfielder to the Euro's if he was in charge.

Redknapp, 65, stated: "Age doesn’t matter. Look at Paul Scholes; lets be honest, you would love to have Scholes in the Euros this year.

"He’d be in your team, he’s that good. Whoever’s there would love to take him I’m sure.

"You’d love him to play. He plays like the Spaniards, like Xavi, or Iniesta - he doesn’t give the ball away."

However, Scholes retired from international football back in 2004 and more recently turned down a return to the national set up when Fabio Capello offered him a place in the side.

This, though, is not a problem according to former United player Gary Pallister, as he thinks if the Tottenham boss was to take charge, Scholes would re-consider his options.

Pallister said: "If Harry Redknapp went to him and said, 'Listen Scholesy I want you to be a pivotal part of this European Championship', then it might sway him.

"Harry's got great powers of persuasion"

One may suggest that the midfield magician could sit in the England midfield and do a superb job - perhaps not play every minute of every game - but still when the big games come along or when we are in need of a goal, Scholes is the man to play.

Surrounded by the young talents of Sturridge, Welbeck and Wilshere, his return would be a great step in the right direction for the Euro's. Clearly this would be his last international tournament, but it may be written for him - to get on the plane and sign off in real style by leading the side to Euro glory.

Scholes' style of play will suit the tournament down to a tee, according to Redkanpp.

"In tournament football, there's a big difference from the way we play at the pace in the Premier League to the way that England play," said the Spurs boss.

"It's a slower game in international football to the way we keep the ball and the way the opposition play."

The stats speak for themselves for the 37-year-old. After his latest comeback against Manchester City in the FA Cup, Scholes came on just before the hour mark and completed 73 passes at a success rate of 97%.

Many will argue this does not tell the whole story, but keeping the ball at times in a match is the most important thing to do, as the Barcelona and Spain sides at present have shown. It's something that England do not do enough off, regularly lumping the ball forward to the channels.


Why not play around the anchor that is Scholes and keep the ball moving - it will prove to be more likely to create chances and have a more aesthetically pleasing view on the eye - which many fans complain about on a regular basis.

This does not suggest that if Scholes plays, England will win the Euro's.

Purely that if he does get included the team will 'tick' more efficiently, which in turn could create a better chance for the side. It all seems pretty simple. If you;d be most obliging, Mr Scholes.

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