Neville - Scholes won't return

Club team-mate says midfielder will stick to his word

Last Updated: 29/08/10 12:49pm

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Scholes: England speculation

Scholes: England speculation

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Manchester United defender Gary Neville does not think Paul Scholes will make a return from international retirement.

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Midfielder Scholes, 35, announced his retirement from England duty back in 2004, but Three Lions coach Fabio Capello tried to bring him back to the fold in the run up to the World Cup.

The United stalwart has started the Premier League campaign in blistering form for the Red Devils, prompting speculation that Capello will try and recall him once more.

However, club team-mate Neville does not believe that Scholes will return for England, although he can understand why the speculation has come about.

"There has been some talk about Paul Scholes returning to the England fold, but I can't see it happening and that's not because I have any inside information," he said in the Sunday Times of Malta.

"If he was going to go back I would have thought he would have gone back for the World Cup.

"His performances have been fantastic for Manchester United so I can understand why people are talking about it.

"He played very well for England for a long time, but he decided to retire and he's a man of his word so I don't see him going back on that decision.

"On the other hand, he is good enough to still play for England and I'm sure all England fans, including myself, would welcome him back because he is one of the greatest players."

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