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Scholes: Hodgson Didn’t Ask Me To Play

Following yet another disappointing tournament for England, with veteran Andrea Pirlo stealing the show in midfield during England’s defeat to Italy, Paul Scholes has revealed that new manager, Roy Hodgson, didn’t ask him whether he was could consider coming out of International retirement to play at Euro 2012.

“I wasn’t offered the chance,” Scholes replied when asked whether he had any regrets over not competing at this summer’s Euros, particularly following the injuries to several midfielders. Hodgson suggested that he didn’t ask Scholes to reconsider his International retirement because he believed Scholes’ priority would be prolonging his United career, as well as not wanting to be rejected by Scholes as other England managers had been.

“Well, that’s his opinion isn’t it,” said Scholes. “He’s entitled to that.” Would he have said No? Scholes said: “I’ve no idea. It was flattering to be talked about. But I wasn’t asked, so it means nothing.”

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  1. Zibbie says:

    uNCLE tWAT

  2. Pint Glass of Vodka says:

    Hodgson didn’t ask because he “didn’t want to get rejected”?!?!


  3. Mahesh says:

    Well either Hodgson is an absolute arse, or he is such good friends with SAF that he found ways to leave the likes of Rio, Carrick and Scholsey behind!

  4. DreadedRed says:

    Would he have said No?
    Scholes said: “I’ve no idea. It was flattering to be talked about. But I wasn’t asked, so it means nothing.”

    No ‘rent-a-quote responses from our top Red, nice one Scholesy!

  5. Zulu-Utd-Malta says:

    On behalf of Man Utd’s Supporters I would lke to thank Mr Hodgson for his decision for not calling Scholsey in the National squad.

  6. hza says:

    What a dumb cunt.

  7. Bishopville Red says:

    The less he plays for England, the more he plays for us. We win.

    Besides, one star in midfield wasn’t going to un-do the ineptitude of 4-5 of his potential teammates.


  8. 911_DEVIL says:

    Scholes overlooking meant few scapegoats for the ABU community
    I was pleased to know he wasn’t going to participate, but at least ankle twat should of tried and hear a yes or NO instead of overlooking the great ginger
    It goes to show how low sighted is roy hodgson to overlook the best english midfielder .

  9. buttass says:

    even though it means nothing or meaning that he may play less for United it would have been absolutely amazing to see him pull on an England shirt.

    he would waltz into any team’s midfield.


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