Paul Scholes snubs England to coach kids at Orlando camp

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Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes declined Fabio Capello's plea to come out of international retirement and into his World Cup squad in order to coach kids at an academy in Orlando, Florida.

Capello made an amazing last-gasp bid to lure the 35-year-old out of international retirement and claim a place in England's 23-man World Cup, but Scholes, who last played for the Three Lions in the Euro 2004, turned down the offer.

Paul Scholes Soccer Academy

And while England will be competing in the World Cup in South Africa, Scholes will be participating in Paul Scholes Soccer Academy Week between 14 and 17 June at Austin-Tindall Park in Kissimmee, near Orlando.

A group of girls and boys aged between eight and 18 will have paid $449 a head to be coached by the United legend. Players are grouped based on age with the opportunity to appropriately move up based on skill level.

The project is being run under the auspices of the Midwest Soccer Academy (MSA).

Will Russell, an MSA staff member, told EPL Talk: "I think Paul knows he can't play forever and this is something which really interests him and he has a heart for.

"Paul will be present every day and will be working with the kids in every session."

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