Rio: Scholes will be missed

Rio
Ferdinand reckons England would have a better chance of winning the World Cup
had Paul Scholes answered his country’s call.

Manchester
United star Scholes, 35, retired from international football six years ago. But
he turned down Fabio Capello late plea to join the Three Lions’ battle for
glory in South Africa despite extensive lobbying from new captain Ferdinand.

Rio
is a huge admirer of his Manchester United team-mate. Their World Cup
experiences go back to France 98 when they were both in Glenn Hoddle’s squad.

And
Ferdinand admitted: “I would have paid him to come to South Africa. That’s no
detriment to any of “I would have paid him to come to South Africa. That’s no
detriment to any of the other players but I think Scholesy would have added to
the squad we have. the other players but I think Scholesy would have added to
the squad we have.

“I
spoke to him but he is a very black-and-white character. No frills, no messing
about. He thought about it with his family and came to his decision. Scholesy
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’s
made. It’s not to be, he’s not coming, so we move on.”

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