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Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes rejected a last-minute request for him to come out of international retirement to join England's provisional World Cup squad, according to a report in The Guardian.

England manager Fabio Capello reportedly contacted the 35-year-old, who gained 66 caps for the Three Lions before retiring from the international game in 2004, about the possibility of returning to the fold ahead of this summer's tournament in South Africa, but the midfield dynamo was not for turning.

The move marks the second time Scholes has turned down Capello's overtures, after the Italian and his backroom team contacted the United player upon becoming England manager 17-months ago to inquire about his situation.

Scholes admitted last week that he had considered retiring from the game at the end of the season after fearing he was no longer capable of playing at the top level, but despite being persuaded to sign a one-year extension at Old Trafford remains determined to focus solely on his club pursuits.

However, Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has ended his international exile to answer Capello's call after a disappointing domestic campaign, and was named in the 30-man provisional World Cup squad on Tuesday.

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