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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