Scholes denies England talk
Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes claims he was never asked to pull on an England shirt again by Roy Hodgson for Euro 2012.
The United veteran was rumoured to be in contention for a spot in the national squad for this summer's championships in Poland and Ukraine, but the 37-year-old is adamant the speculation was just paper talk.
Scholes played a pivotal role for his club in their push for the title in the second half of last season after coming out of retirement following an injury crisis at Old Trafford and is now gearing up for yet another season at the highest level in English football.
The one-club man, who is just three games short of 700 appearances for the Red Devils, admits he didn't think twice about putting on his boots for United again.
However, he was less forthcoming about whether he would have been willing to play for England if the call had come his way for Euro 2012, having quit international football back in 2004.
Scholes said: "I wasn't offered the chance. It was flattering to be talked about. But I wasn't asked, so it means nothing."
The Salford-born player then went on to explain how the bug of playing the game pulled him back last year, after starting the last campaign coaching United's reserves.
He added: "I was all right for the first couple of months after retiring and didn't really miss anything.
"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."