Scholes backed for England recall

Manchester United defenders Phil Jones and Chris Smalling have backed veteran midfielder Paul Scholes to be given an England recall for Euro 2012.

The legendary playmaker came out of retirement in January and has been a key player in leading the Red Devils to the top of the Premier League.

With the European Championships less than two months away, Scholes has been backed for international inclusion by his club team-mates.

“I don’t see why not,” Jones told The Telegraph.

“I think as long as you are mentally one or two steps ahead of people on the field, although they do say these days you have to have a lot of pace. But I think if you’re clever enough and you read the game well enough, I don’t think age will be a problem.

“He’s a terrific player. I remember playing in his testimonial at the start of the season. It was the first time I had played with him and I thought he was just unbelievable.

“When you see him in training and the things he does it’s just a joke,” Jones concluded.

Smalling feels Scholes has the ability to give England direction.

“He is unique. You can see when there are moments in the game when it is all rushed and he settles it down when he gets the ball.

“He has the ability to dictate. Come the summer there may well be calls for him to be included in the squad and it will be because he is a player in great form and I’m sure any England manager would want,” Smalling admitted.

By Gareth McKnight