Paul Scholes open to England return

Paul Scholes is believed to be receptive to the idea of featuring for England this summer and will talk to new manager Roy Hodgson about the possibility, according to The Guardian.

The veteran Manchester United midfielder came out of retirement in January, and has been a key player for the Red Devils in the second half of the season.

With Sir Alex Ferguson confirming that Scholes will not feature for Team GB this summer at the Olympics, a trip to Euro 2012 may well be on the cards for the ageing playmaker.

Scholes retired from international football back in 2004 due to become disillusioned at playing out of position and the amount of time that it took him away from his family, but is believed to be interested in a swansong on the national stage.

Hodgson is set to release his England squad on Wednesday, and will talk to Scholes beforehand to gauge the player’s interest at being included.

Meanwhile, West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster has reiterated that he will not come out of international retirement for Euro 2012.

“I’m still exactly the same. I’ve had a very good chat with the boss this week and he has told me of his plans and stuff,” the stopper told Sky Sports.

“I’ve said all along my best form has been since I retired from England and I feel my body gets a good rest, and I feel it needs that rest as well.

“Not only that, the fact I’ve got a young family now, and the family is very big with me. I’ve got a three and a four-year-old and they do take up a lot of my time.

“I make no secret, I miss them when I’m away with England. For me, I prefer to spend that time with the family than being away from them,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight