A couple of weeks ago, Harry Redknapp said he’d love to see Paul Scholes in the England squad for the Euros. And former Manchester United defender Gary Pallister believes that the current Spurs boss is the only manager, aside from Sir Alex Ferguson, who could tempt Scholes out of international retirement. However, Pallister added that he does not expect to see Scholes turning out for the Three Lions in Poland and the Ukraine this summer. That is a great shame.
[quote]“He’d be in your team, he’s that good. He plays like a Spaniard, he can play like Xavi and Iniesta. He doesn’t give the ball away.” England boss Harry Redknapp on Paul Scholes[/quote]
Paul Scholes is one of the best players to ever grace the Premier League and even at 37-years-old, he would instantly improve the English midfield. His ability to spray passes across the park all game long and reading of the game make it so much easier for the other players around him. It’s been said many a time that Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard struggle to play together effectively, but there are probably no English players who would have a hard time playing alongside Scholes. And anyone looking to name an English central midfielder who has shone this season (other than Scott Scotty Parker who plays a different role to Scholes) is going to be in for a tough time.
It could be difficult to persuade Scholes to come out of international retirement, although had he been given longer to mull it over in 2010, the Manchester United maestro might just have been able to help avert the shambles which took place in South Africa. So you never know. But if it’s just down to a case of footballing ability, Paul Scholes ought to be already on the plane. Who else are you going to bring? Downing? Do me a lemon.
Football’s the finest on Paul Scholes…
“Without any doubt the best player in the Premiership has to be Scholes… he knows how to do everything.” Thierry Henry
“Paul is always so in control and pin-point accurate with his passing – a beautiful player to watch.” Sir Bobby Charlton
“He’s the best midfielder I’ve ever seen. He can pass, score goals with his left, right, his head – he can do anything.” Luis Nani
“One of my regrets is that the opportunity to play alongside him never presented itself during my career.”
“A role model. For me, and I really mean this, he’s the best central midfielder I’ve seen in the last 15, 20 years. He’s spectacular, he has it all, the last pass, goals, he’s strong, he doesn’t lose the ball, vision. If he’d been Spanish he might have been rated more highly. Players love him.” Xavi Hernandez