Fabio Capello admitted to asking Paul Scholes to come out of International retirement to play in the World Cup, despite having not represented his country for six years. Gary Neville claims England are desperate whilst Rio Ferdinand insists he would have paid Scholesy to come with them to South Africa.

“I would have paid him to come,” said Ferdinand. “That is no detriment to any of the other players but I think he would have added to the squad. Unfortunately, it is not to be. You don’t cry over spilt milk. He is not coming, so we move on. Scholesy is just a very black-and-white character – no frills, no messing about. He thought about it with his family and he came to his decision. But he 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 has made.”