Paul Scholes has revealed he was given just two hours to decide whether to come out of international retirement to play in England's World Cup campaign.
The Manchester United midfielder turned down the 11th hour approach made by Fabio Capello's number two Franco Baldini just hours before the squad for South Africa was announced.
The 35-year-old retired from England duty in 2004 but has suggested he may have changed his mind had Capello himself made the approach and offered him more time to think it over.
England crashed out of the tournament at the last 16 stage following a 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Germany.
Asked if the tight time frame played a role in him rejecting the approach, Scholes 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.
"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."