Former Manchester United and England star Paul Scholes has labelled the nation’s international players as selfish, and claim the majority care more about their clubs than their country.
The midfielder quit the England set-up in 2004, despite only being 29, as he felt that squad members were looking to impress to force a transfer at club level, rather than to be victorious for their nation.
“I just got fed up. When you are going to a team, you want to be part of a team and play well, but there are individuals who are after personal glory. When there is a simple pass of 10 yards, they might try and smack it 80 yards. They will do things to try and get themselves noticed,” the Salford born man claimed in The Guardian.
“I always felt players at clubs like your Aston Villas try to use England as a way to get to a top club. Which, I don’t know, you feel, ‘Are they there for the right reason?’ I think they are very selfish people. That is the biggest problem with English players – most of them are too selfish,” he concluded.
Despite a glittering club career that included ten Premier League titles and two Champions League medals, the 36-year-old failed to see success for his country, and opted to channel his energies into the Old Trafford side rather than his nation.