Paul Scholes: England Call-Up Came Too Late
Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has admitted that he probably would have accepted the offer to play for England at the World Cup if he had been asked sooner.
Scholes retired from international football six years ago and turned down an approach from England boss Fabio Capello in May.
Scholes stated: "I wasn’t given enough time to think about it. It’s a big decision.
"If they’d asked me earlier, I probably would have accepted."
Another reason that the 35-year-old cited for turning down the offer was due to the fact he felt uncomfortable replacing a player who had helped England to qualify for the South African World Cup in the first place.
"There are players in the squad who have spent nearly two years flying all around the world helping England qualify for the World Cup, whereas I haven’t been involved for a long time," he said.
"It wasn’t a case of wanting to go on holiday, it was the fact that I got the call so close to the tournament, and also I didn’t want to take the place of someone who helped get England to South Africa.
"The idea just didn’t sit comfortably with me."
The midfielder retired from the international stage at age 29, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family and concentrate on his domestic career.
Scholes also spoke of his sympathy for Red Devils team-mate Rio Ferdinand, who was ruled out of the competition with an injury.
"I really feel sorry for Rio, especially getting hurt so close to the start of the action," said Scholes.
"It’s not just sad for Rio but for England as well because he is captain and an important figure."
The World Cup kicks-off with South Africa taking on Mexico on June 11th.
Victor Chandler are best priced England at 8/1 for winning the World Cup