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One last chance
Paul Scholes could yet be offered a return to the England set-up after it emerged that Fabio Capello is to ask the Manchester United midfielder to clarify his publicly expressed sense of regret at having declined a late invitation to be included in the World Cup squad. The national coach will seek to determine once and for all whether Scholes has any appetite to end his self-imposed international exile and play a part in England's qualification campaign for Euro 2012. Capello watched the 35-year-old impress yet again in United's 2-2 draw at Fulham; with Scholes scoring the opening goal and maintaining his fine start to the season. It remains to be seen whether Capello makes this final check on Scholes' intentions personally or if, as in June, he asks the England general manager, Franco Baldini, to contact the midfielder. But the Italian feels compelled to verify his state of mind after the player publicly claimed he wished he had made himself available when contacted before the announcement of Capello's provisional 30-man squad. Scholes had cited disappointment that the unexpected call had been made by Baldini rather than Capello, and at the short length of time he was given to make up his mind whether to emerge from international retirement after a six-year absence. The player had been attracted to the offer but, having slept on it, called Baldini the following day and politely declined the invitation.
Dominic Fifield and Louise Taylor, The Guardian
James Lawler from The Independent endorses Capello’s supposed intentions. He writes, "Scholes continues to outlive his generation, still offers both his club and his country the best chance of some old-fashioned, coherent creativity in the middle of the field."
Reaction to the Fulham match continues to filter through with Nemanja Vidic saying the Reds must discover the killer instinct to reclaim the title. (Daily Star, among others).