Paul Scholes 'not offered England chance'

Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has said England boss Roy Hodgson never offered him the chance to return to international football.

Scholes came out of club retirement in January, seven months after quitting.

And a string of impressive performances in the second half of last season provoked talk of an England return.

The 37-year-old said: "I wasn't offered the chance. It was flattering to be talked about. But I wasn't asked so it means nothing."

Scholes, who called an end to his England career in 2004, played 21 times last season for the Old Trafford club and signed a new 12-month contract in May.

His return to the United midfield was not enough to prevent rivals Manchester City claiming the Premier League title on a dramatic final day of the campaign, a scenario that he said persuaded him to continue his playing for a further year.

"It's always a motivating force when you lose the league," he explained from his side's pre-season tour of South Africa.

"It's not nice to see another team celebrate winning the title on the last day of the season. That picture stays with you."