Former Liverpool midfielder, Xabi Alonso, has claimed that Paul Scholes’ ability isn’t appreciated as much in England as it would be if he played in Spain.

“I’ve still got Paul Scholes’ shirt at home, which I swapped with him once,” said Alonso. “When I was at Liverpool he was one of the players I liked most. Maybe he’s not valued as much as he should be in England because of the style of football there and because he keeps a low profile. Perhaps he would have been more valued in Spain, where midfielders like him form part of the ‘ideal’. He certainly has the talent to have adapted to Spain – or Italy, or Germany, or France. Fans in Spain rate him very highly and I admire him a huge amount.”