WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.

Papers: Scholes for England?

13/02/2012 09:07

Jason Burt and Henry Winter write in the Daily Telegraph

Redknapp claims he would recall Scholes
Harry Redknapp has said that if he is appointed as the next England manager he will select Paul Scholes in his team, and not just the squad, for this summer’s European Championship finals. Speaking after Spurs’ 5-0 victory over Newcastle United, Redknapp stated that he would not write off Frank Lampard’s chances of still playing for his country this summer - which were in doubt had Capello remained in his post - but it is his comments on Scholes which will have the biggest impact. “Let’s be honest, you would love to have Paul Scholes in the Euros this year,” he said. “He’d be in your team, he’s that good. Whoever’s there [as manager] would love to take him, I’m sure. "You’d love him to play. He plays like the Spaniards, like Xavi, or Iniesta - he does not give the ball away.” Capello also recognised Scholes’s worth and made several efforts to lure him out of international retirement from the moment he was appointed manager - including a late call on the eve of the 2010 World Cup Finals. The midfielder, now 37, quit playing for England in 2004, citing family and club reasons, although he had grown frustrated at being played out of position. However Scholes has been in outstanding form since his shock return to club football last month.

Focusing on Saturday's action on the field, despite so much attention on other matters, the Daily Star's Brian Woolnough praises Wayne Rooney and wonders if he's changed his style as he now has 17 goals and no bookings in the league this term.

The Daily Mirror's Oliver Holt chooses to spotlight Rio Ferdinand's performance, claiming the defender was back to his best before, during and after the match. Also in The Mirror, Jonny Evans plays down reports of a tunnel bust-up against Liverpool. "There was a bit of commotion in the tunnel but the referee came in and told us to keep our heads. But I think, on the whole, the game was played in good spirits by both sets of players."

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