Capello admits attempts to convince Man Utd ace Scholes to end retirement

England coach Fabio Capello admits he tried to convince Manchester United ace Paul Scholes to come out of international retirement.

England coach Fabio Capello admits he tried to convince Manchester United ace Paul Scholes to come out of international retirement.

The Italian has successfully coaxed Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher back into his provisional 30-man squad for the finals after he quit the national team in 2007, but he was unable to convince 35-year-old Manchester United midfielder Scholes, who retired after Euro 2004, to do likewise.

Asked if he had spoken to Scholes, Capello confirmed: "Yes, but it was up to him. He said no, he preferred to stay with the family. But I tried, yes."