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Paul Scholes says ‘no’ to Capello
Paul Scholes had a dramatic change of heart yesterday after indicating to England manager Fabio Capello that he might make a sensational return to international football for this summer’s World Cup. The 35-year-old Manchester United midfielder retired from the international game after Euro 2004 but suddenly received an approach from a desperate Capello on Monday. Having already succeeded in talking Jamie Carragher out of international retirement, Capello thought he might be able to bring Scholes back too. When Capello’s general manager, Franco Baldini, spoke to Scholes late on Monday night, the player gave a strong indication that he might say yes before asking for the night to think it over. Scholes was asked to make a decision by 10am and to the considerable disappointment of the England manager, said no. Capello said: “We tried to convince him to come back for England, but he said no. He preferred to stay with his family. We tried.”
Matt Lawton, Daily Mail
According to The Sun, Owen Hargreaves was frustrated to be left out of United's last game league against Stoke as it effectively ended his hopes of being selected in England’s squad for South Africa this summer. Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney are the three Reds who have been named in Capello's provisional party.
The same paper claims Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell will reject a potential approach by United in the summer by signing a new deal with the Toffees.
Meanwhile, speculation surrounding Ben Foster's future continues, with the Daily Express indicating that Birmingham City have made a £6million bid for the Reds goalkeeper.