If Harry takes the England job in the summer, which he probably will, are we to be treated to yet another ginger renaissance?
The Guardian reports that Harry Redknapp would attempt to coax Paul Scholes out of International retirement if he were to be given the England job.
The Spurs boss has been touted for the post by just about everybody connected with football, and is expected to pester United legend Scholes out of his premature retirement for England’s Euro 2012 campaign should he take the reigns.
“Let’s be honest, you would love to have Paul Scholes in the Euros this year. He’d be in your team, he’s that good. Whoever’s there would love to take him, I’m sure.
You’d love him to play. He plays like the Spaniards, like Xavi or [Andrés] Iniesta. He does not give the ball away.“
The story draws parallels with former manager Fabio Capello’s attempts to use the ginger maestro in the 2010 World Cup. Scholes rejected that time, claiming he would have considered had the Italian asked him sooner. Whilst Capello was never known for such attention to detail, Harry is certain to insure any move to convince Scholes would be convenient for the newly reinstated player.
Scholes only came out of complete retirement from the game early this year, and has impressed while appearing in every match since. His passing and technique remain untarnished, whilst his trademark darts into the box were on show for all to see in Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Liverpool.
Though Scholes remains a legend of English sport, it’s interesting to think of an England side in transition employing a 37 year old in midfield. Perhaps this opens up other options; is Michael Owen the man to complement Wayne Rooney? could Phil Neville provide some much needed depth to the squad? is Teddy Sheringham the missing link between our midfield and attack?
With the consensus after 2010’s humiliation in South Africa being that the country must try to evolve into a younger and hungrier side capable of striking similar fear inflicted by the German’s in that tournament, should news of a possible return for Scholes do more to concern our forever expectant supporters? Scholes chose to quit England in 2004, citing a disenchanted experience of the International fold as one of his reasons.
At this moment in time England require up and coming players who are bursting to play for their country, players they can build a platform around in order to competently compete for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Though his class is unquestionable, the reemergence of Scholes could do more to stunt the progress of players like Jack Wilshire than help pull England from the mire. The remaining days of his career are best spent helping United to another title, with a seat reserved on the plane to Ukraine potentially representing an enormous step back for England’s new regime.
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