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14/05/2012 09:40

Papers: Paul for Euros?

In The Guardian, Daniel Taylor writes...

Scholes open to offer of England return
Paul Scholes is receptive to the idea of speaking to Roy Hodgson about the possibility of ending his eight-year exile from the England team. The Manchester United midfielder is not closed off to the notion of rejoining the squad and would speak to Hodgson with an open mind if the new manager wanted to investigate bringing him into his Euro 2012 plans. Whether Hodgson has any interest in trying to revive Scholes's international career, currently stuck on 66 caps, remains to be seen. Scholes will be 38 later this year and officially retired last summer, saying at the time he could not keep up with the pace of the game. However, he has slipped seamlessly back into the Manchester United side after informing Sir Alex Ferguson he was ready for a comeback in January. Even if Hodgson did contact him, there are other issues at play. United want Scholes to continue playing for another year and at this stage of his career he would have to establish whether a month-long summer tournament might affect him at club level. Ferguson would almost certainly want his player to have a less demanding summer but, equally, Scholes has shown before that he is his own man.

The papers are dominated, of course, by Sunday's dramatic denouement to the Premier League season. While congratulatory in defeat to Manchester City, Sir Alex Ferguson is widely quoted with his warning: "It will take them a century to get to our level of history."

With the season now over, we can all expect the transfer rumours to crank into overdrive. Sure enough, The Daily Mail quickly tips the Reds for a £50million triple raid on Borussia Dortmund, for attacking midfielder Shinji Kagawa, striker Robert Lewandowski and central defender Mats Hummels.

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