Man Utd’s Ferdinand would love teammate Scholes in England squad
Scholes retired from the international scene in 2004 and recently turned down an offer from England boss Fabio Capello to end his six-year hiatus.
Ferdinand admits he shares Capello’s view that the 35-year old would be a valuable asset in South Africa but can see why he has decided to stay away from the national team.
"I'd would have paid him to come to South Africa,” he said.
"That's no detriment to any of the other players but I think Scholesy would have added to the squad we have.
"I spoke to him but he is a very black-and-white character. No frills, no messing about.
"He thought about it with his family and came to his decision.
"Scholesy isn't the type of person who, if we do really well at the tournament, would have it burning away at him. He will be comfortable with the decision he's made.
"It's not to be, he's not coming, so we move on."