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Scholes reveals World Cup regret

Paul Scholes has revealed he was given only two hours notice to decide whether to come out of retirement and play for England in the World Cup.

Manchester United's veteran midfielder, who quit the international scene in 2004, said no after taking a phone call from manager Fabio Capello's right-hand man Franco Baldini the day before the squad was announced.

Asked if two hours was little time to make a major decision, he said: "That's what I thought. That's why I probably said no, not just because he had given me a couple of hours to think about it but the fact I needed a bit more time."

Scholes admits he might have travelled with the squad to South Africa if he had known earlier and he still had some regrets about not going.

He added: "I am not saying it definitely would have been (yes) in that case but I think it might have been. I did not expect it the call. It wasn't even on my mind.

"It wasn't until a week before the tournament you start seeing all the build up and thought maybe I made the wrong decision.

"I am not saying I would have made a difference. I am just saying it was a chance to play in the World Cup and I turned it down. I don't look back and think it didn't go well for England because I didn't go.

"Would I have joined up if Capello had called me?

"I don't know. Maybe it might have meant more."

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