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Paul Scholes Retires from International Football


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Under-pressure England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson has spoken of his sadness on hearing the shock news that Paul Scholes has decided to end his international career at the age of 29.

The Manchester United midfielder had won 66 caps for England after making his international debut seven years ago.

He scored 14 goals for his country, the last coming against Croatia at Euro 2004.

"I am very sorry that Paul has decided to retire from international football," Eriksson told the FA's official website.

"Paul and I have been speaking about this since Euro 2004 and, while he remained a key part of my plans for the England team, I fully respect his decision.

"Paul is a great player who has given so much to England over the last seven years. He has a very special talent and it has been a privilege working so closely with him.

"I would like to wish Paul every success in the future with Manchester United. He deserves it."

Scholes had admitted the decision had not come easily saying: "I've been considering retiring from international football for a while now.

"I started my England career in 1997 and have enjoyed seven years of great football, playing in the best competitions, with some of the best players, under the best managers.

"Euro 2004 was fantastic but afterwards I felt the time was right for myself and my family to make it my last England appearance.

"I would like to thank everyone at England for the wonderful years I had playing for the team and all the experience I gained. I wish them all the best and good luck for the future."

This is a big shock to me, i realised that he doesnt play as well for them as he does for Man Utd, but he was still a key member for England.

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I couldn't believe this when I heard it on the radio today :( even if you despise Man Utd you can't help but feel it's an absolute shame and waste of talent :(

I simply cannot believe it.

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Too much to ask from him. When other players are out enjoying their vacation, he's with the national team working and barely gets any days off.

Guess he had his reasons.

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wow i was also upset and shocked when i heard this but i have to say the touring schedle for a footballer can be stressfull for your family so probably thats what swayed his decision....theres so much talent comin up the england ranks that there will be soon a talent like scholes in the england squad :)

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It' such a shame that the 'quiet man of football' has quit. I still think he had a lot to offer to the national squad. O well I still get to watch him for Utd :p

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Man that sucks. It's such an early age to retire from international football.

I actually saw the game that he scored a hat-trick against, Poland I think it may have been, at Wembley some years back in a friendly.

Such a shame...

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