Scholes - No England approach
But I didn't need my arm twisting to play for United, admits veteran
Last Updated: July 29, 2012 11:06am
Paul Scholes: Was not asked to come out of international retirement but glad to be back playing for United
Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has revealed England boss Roy Hodgson did not contact him regarding an international comeback.
Scholes came out of club retirement in January to play a pivotal role for United in the second-half of last season, leading to speculation he could have featured in Hodgson's Euro 2012 squad.
The 37-year-old, who initially retired from international football in 2004, refused to clarify whether he would accept an invitation to play for England but confirmed he had not been approached.
"I wasn't offered the chance," said Scholes. "It was flattering to be talked about. But I wasn't asked, so it means nothing."
The one-club man needs to make three more appearances for United to make it 700 for the Red Devils and that's an achievement that is unlikely to be far away after agreeing to play on until 2013.
That tally looked to be beyond Scholes' reach last year when he was busy coaching United's reserves, but the Salford-born player was unable to stay away.
"I was all right for the first couple of months after retiring and didn't really miss anything," he added.
"But once I got back to going to Carrington and coaching the reserves, as well as being with the lads, it was difficult - especially when there were so many injuries to the team.
"If I'd stayed away from the reserves and the club I'd probably have been OK. But every day that I was going in I just wanted to train and be involved.
"The manager didn't have to twist my arm to play this season."