No World Cup surprise for Neville

Manchester United veteran Gary Neville has admitted he was not surprised to miss out on Fabio Capello's initial 30-man squad ahead of the World Cup finals this summer.

Neville, who has won 85 caps since making his international debut in 1995, was believed to be in-line for a recall with a number of players struggling with injury but Jamie Carragher, who was enticed out of retirement, has been given the nod.

However, the full-back has suggested he was more surprised to see team-mate Wes Brown omitted for the event in South Africa.

Speaking to the Times of Malta, Neville said:"I wouldn't say I'm overly disappointed not to be named in Fabio Capello's initial 30-man England World Cup squad, because although I did think there was maybe a chance I could get in, I was under no illusions how tough it would be after not being named in the squad for a year.

"I'm slightly surprised in some ways that there is only one right-back in the entire squad, but I'm probably more surprised Wes Brown isn't in the 30, to be honest.

"Capello spoke to Paul Scholes to try and bring him back into the England squad, but Scholes retired a good few years ago from international football and he's not the type to go back on that.

"I'm not surprised Capello tried to get him out of retirement because if there is one player I would try and pull out of retirement it is Scholes.

"Capello maybe got a bit desperate at the last minute and wanted Scholes because he is still probably the best midfielder in England, but Scholes decided to stick to his guns."

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