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  Scholes retires from England team
Updated 03 August 2004, 15.23
Paul Scholes has quit playing for England
Manchester United midfield star Paul Scholes won't play for England again after retiring from internationals.

Scholes, 29, has played 66 times for England and has scored 14 goals, and his decision to quit is a huge shock.

England coach Sven Goran Eriksson has always said Scholes is one of the most important players in his team.

Scholes said "This is a decision I have not taken lightly, I have been considering retiring from International football for a while now.

Scholes will keep playing for Manchester United
Scholes will keep playing for Manchester United
"I started my England career in 1997 and have enjoyed seven years of great football, playing in the best competitions, with some of the best players, under the best managers.

"Euro 2004 was fantastic but afterwards I felt the time was right for myself and my family to make it my last England appearance.

"I would like to thank everyone at England for the wonderful years I had playing for the team and all the experience I gained. I wish them all the best and good luck for the future."

Scholes hasn't quit football completely as he will still play for his club Manchester United.

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