Sven-Goran Eriksson, Steve McClaren and now Fabio Capello have all asked Paul Scholes to reconsider his decision to retire from International football and all managers have been told the same thing.

Scholes has been on the pitch when the Wembley crowd sung chants of “stand up if you hate Man U”, and he has been played out of position on the left to accommodate two inferior player in Lampard and Gerrard, so it should come as no surprise that he packed it in well before necessary, however, the reason it all keeps coming back to is his desire to stay at home with his wife and kids.

“I like being at home. There was an awful lot of time away from home and my family and for me there’s nowhere better than Manchester.”

Capello has today confirmed that he asked Scholes to be a part of the squad but our midfielder declined.

“He said no, he preferred to stay with the family. But I tried, yes.”

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