England 1966 hat-trick hero Sir Geoff Hurst believes Manchester United's Paul Scholes deserves to be part of England's World Cup squad this summer - if the midfielder can be persuaded to come out of international retirement.
Hurst has been hugely impressed with Scholes' performances for United in the past few weeks, keeping alive their hopes of winning a fourth successive Premier League title.
And the West Ham and England legend feels Scholes has exactly the kind of qualities that would enhance their chances of lifting the trophy for the first time in since Hurst and co beat the West Germans 44 years ago.
Hurst told reporters: "If Paul Scholes changed his mind and came out of international retirement I would pick him, definitely, for the World Cup.
"You look at his last six to eight matches for United and his performances have been fantastic."
Hurst rates the veteran midfielder's ability to get forward and believes his experience and goals could benefit the team.
"I have seen him in these last few games and he has been wonderful. He has been getting forward into the box and scoring important late goals.
"There is a position for him in the England squad this summer if he changes his mind. Six months ago I was not so sure but now I would say 'put him in'."
Hurst also believes James Milner also has a right to a starting eleven berth in Fabio Capello's team but has cast doubts over whether his Aston Villa team-mate Emile Heskey should now be a first-choice player. Hurst instead claims to favour Rooney in a lone role up front.Hurst said: "There is a strong case for playing Rooney up front on his own like he does for United. I am not so sure he could have done that a year or two ago.
"In contrast, a year ago Emile Heskey was a certainty - but not now because he is not playing regularly for Aston Villa."
Hurst reckons PFA Young Player of the Year Milner's Villa performances this season have warranted him his place in the team.
"I would have Gerrard just off the frontman, which is his best position, and that would make room for Milner in midfield.
"He has come on leaps and bounds in the last 12 months. He was on the periphery of the squad, now he is a certainty to go and you can make a strong case for him playing."Become a fan of Goal.com UK's Facebook fan page for all the latest news and insight into everything related to the beautiful game!