Take it as Red – Scholes

Scholes is a fan of Jordan Henderson (above)
Scholes is a fan of Jordan Henderson (above)
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Paul Scholes believes England must play like Liverpool if they are to have any chance of winning the World Cup.

An English core helped Liverpool come within a whisker of winning the Premier League last season.

And Steven Gerrard, Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson, Daniel Sturridge and Glen Johnson were rewarded for their form in the campaign by being called up to the England World Cup squad.

Scholes, who won 66 caps, admires the attacking style of play Liverpool have adopted under Brendan Rodgers and he thinks all five Reds players should start for England in their World Cup opener against Italy.

“It would be refreshing for England to adopt Liverpool’s attacking mentality in Brazil. Really go for it,” the former Manchester United midfielder said.

“That means certainly four, and possibly five, Liverpool players in the England starting XI against Italy on June 14.

“South Africa in 2010 was so negative with boring draws. Nothing seemed to happen.

“England fans, and myself as an England fan, would rather 3-all games than dull, nil-nil draws.

“I’d love to see Roy be brave enough to play like Liverpool or Manchester United teams of the past.

“The thing I admired most about Liverpool was the swagger of their play and how they terrorised opponents, which reminded me of United at their best.”

Scholes’ former manager Sir Alex Ferguson claimed he did not sign Henderson for United because he was concerned his running style would cause him problems later in career.

Scholes, however, believes Henderson is a “diamond of a lad”.

“He’s a player others appreciate having around them on the pitch,” Scholes said.