Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs has told people not to hold their breath for team-mate Paul Scholes to come out of international retirement for Euro 2012, but he believes the central midfielder would be a great addition to the England squad if he did.
Scholes announced his international retirement in August 2004, citing the longevity of his club career and family commitments as his reason for hanging up his England jersey, but the United man was almost lured back into the international fold by Fabio Capello just weeks before the World Cup in South Africa in 2010.
However, the midfielder ultimately turned down the Italian's advances, claiming he had not been given enough time to make a decision.
Giggs says he does not expect his 37-year-old team-mate to add to his 66 England caps, though he does concede he would be a great addition to Roy Hodgson’s squad for the European Championships.
"I wouldn't hold your breath [about Scholes going to Euro 2012] but if he does decide to play and Roy Hodgson does decide to try and bring him out of retirement he'd be a great addition to the squad," said Giggs, who was speaking at the Premier League 20 Seasons Awards in London.
"In any team in any tournament he would shine.”
The Welshman went on to describe his United team-mate as being like Xavi, Barcelona’s playmaker who many consider to be the central cog in what has become widely renowned as the greatest team in the world.
He continued: "He and Xavi are the same sort of players. They just control the tempo of great teams. To do that you need to be a special player and that's what he does."