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Manchester United's veteran central midfielder Paul Scholes has said he is ready to discuss his national team future with new boss Roy Hodgson, who is set to announce his squad for the Euros. Retired for almost eight years now, Scholes who has already been denied a chance to represent Britain in the London Olympics this year by United boss Ferguson, could find the chance to represent his country of birth in the Euros for possibly the last time too hard to resist. The English Football Hall Of Fame inductee has earned 66 caps for the national team and scored 14 times, his last game being England's Euro 2004 quarter-final loss against Portugal. Roy Hodgson is set to announce his England squad, which travels to Poland and Ukraine, on Wednesday.
Scholes, who seemingly had retired at the end of last season, made a surprising return in January and has since excelled in the midfield role he made his own for two decades. His 4 goals in 20 matches for The Red Devils since coming out of retirement, means he has scored in every Premier League season since 1994-95. Additionally, the control he brings to the centre of the park, has seen him fit seamlessly into a fairly young United setup.
Scholes had cited less family time, him being played out of position and his desire to prolong his club career as the reasons to back away from the chance to represent the national team. But he had publicly expressed his regret at not being able to ply his trade for the Three Lions at 2010 World Cup when Fabio Capello was in charge and had tried to persuade him to return. A competition as vigorous as the Euros could take every ounce of what Scholes has possibly left in him.
Hodgson has no shortage of issues to deal with already, before he sits down to name his squad. Whether Scholes returns or not could well turn out to be one of those pivotal issues, on which Hodgson's career and England's progress at the championships hinges.
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