Papers: No swaying Scholes
I'd pay to get Scholes back
Rio Ferdinand reckons England would have a better chance of winning the World Cup had Paul Scholes answered his country's call. Manchester United star Scholes, 35, retired from international football six years ago. But he turned down Fabio Capello's late plea to join the Three Lions' battle for glory in South Africa despite extensive lobbying from new captain Ferdinand. Rio is a huge admirer of his Manchester United team-mate. Their World Cup experiences go back to France 98 when they were both in Glenn Hoddle's squad. And Ferdinand admitted: "I would have paid him to come to South Africa. That's no detriment to any of the other players but I think Scholesy would have added to the squad we have. I spoke to him but he is a very black-and-white character. No frills, no messing about. He thought about it with his family and came to his decision. Scholesy isn't the type of person who, if we do really well at the tournament, would have it burning away at him. He will be comfortable with the decision he's made. It's not to be, he's not coming, so we move on."Shaun Custis, The Sun
With England playing a Mexico team expected to include United signing Chicharito tonight in a friendly at Wembley, there's plenty of talk about the national team. The Daily Mail say Rio Ferdinand will make history this evening when he leads out the England side. Black players have worn the armband before, but not as England's official captain on a permanent basis.
Meanwhile, Gary Neville has admitted he's disappointed not to have made the England squad, but maintains he's not about to retire from international football. In The Times, he says: "I live in this country, I love this country. Why would I not want to represent it? “I always said that I would never retire and I don’t go along with international retirements – that’s my stance. As far as I’m concerned, it’s the England manager who should retire players."