Scholes angry at ‘selfish’ stars

The 36-year-old, who retired in the summer, was a highly-regarded

midfielder for the Three Lions throughout his 66-cap career, and

many felt he retired from the international scene too early in

2004. But the Manchester United great claims he did so because he

was “fed up” of lining up alongside players who were using the

England team in a bid to get themselves noticed by other clubs.

Scholes referenced Aston Villa as one of the teams whose players

would put personal ambitions first, and said: “I just got fed up.

When you are going to a team, you want to be part of a team and

play well, but there are individuals who are after personal glory.

“I always felt when I first started with England that players –

especially players at clubs like your Aston Villas – try to use

England as a way to get to a top club. You feel, are they there for

the right reason? “I think they are very selfish people. They are

all there to get their bit of glory, their bit of headlines, to

think ‘I will get a move from this’. I think that is the biggest

problem with English players.” Having been a key part of the

Manchester United side through its dominance of the Premier League

era, Scholes admits he and his Old Trafford team-mates would come

away from England camps frustrated. He also says it is “laughable”

that Fabio Capello’s side are still rated amongst the favourites to

win major tournaments, and believes they will not do so until they

start to mirror the selfless ethos of World and European champions

Spain, “It was a frustration for us United lads,” he added of

spending time in camp with other players. “When there is a simple

pass of 10 yards, they might try and smack it 80 yards. They will

do things to try and get themselves noticed. “If you look at the

Spain team now, they all seem to play for each other. There isn’t

one of them who would try to do something in a game that doesn’t

suit the team. And that could happen over here. “If you look

through our teams, there are loads of technically brilliant players

but for some reason when we go on to the international scene, we

don’t look like that. “We’re the favourites every time and we

probably will be next time. I think it is quite laughable. It is

just the mentality of English people, we think we are going to win

everything.”