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27/07/2010 07:42

Papers: Scholes faults Fabio

Scholes: Fabio made bad call
Paul Scholes has blamed England boss Fabio Capello for his World Cup absence. Capello ordered No 2 Franco Baldini to call Scholes and ask him to go to South Africa. The Manchester United star said no but admits it may have been different had Capello phoned him. He revealed: "Maybe it might have meant more. It was difficult as Baldini rang me the day before the squad was announced. I retired back in 2004 and now I was being asked to make a major decision in about two hours. If I'd had a bit more time maybe my decision would have been different."
Neil Custis, The Sun

In the same conversation with national pressmen, Scholes also reveals he felt some regret about his snub midway through the World Cup - "A couple of weeks into it, I thought I maybe should have gone" - and has a playful pop at United's improving local rivals Manchester City - "I'd rather them be in the second division like they were 10 years ago!"

Elsewhere, the Mirror runs an old transfer rumour with the claim that "cut-price German World Cup wonderkid" Mesut Ozil is being chased by two Barclays Premier League managers, namely Sir Alex Ferguson and Harry Redknapp - aka "The Oz Couple."

The Independent suggests that, despite Sunday's slip-up against Kansas City Wizards, the omens are good ahead of the new season. It cites the Reds' recent record in post-World Cup campaigns (champions in 98/99, 02/03, 06/07) including a reminder that "when Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo returned from Germany [in 2006] at loggerheads, United scored five on the opening day of the season, won their opening five fixtures and cruised to the title."

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