Provisional 30-man FIFA World Cup squads named today included nine Manchester United players. Fabio Capello called-up Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick and Rio Ferdinand to his England squad, while Park Ji-Sung, Nemanja Vidic, Zoran Tosic, Patrice Evra, Javier Hernandéz and Nani were also selected for the tournament in South Africa.
There were disappointments too, with Wes Brown, Gary Neville, Ben Foster and Owen Hargreaves missing out on a place in the England squad, although the latter three were not seriously considered.
Meanwhile Paul Scholes turned down Fabio Capello’s offer to join England’s camp in South Africa, as he has for every England manager since the Bury-born midfielder retired from international football six years ago.
Zoran Tosic also made the Serbian squad. United’s left winger, who has never started for the club, is currently on loan at Bundesliga side Cologne and is unlikely to return to Old Trafford.
Nine former United players will also travel to South Africa. Gerard Piqué (Spain), Diego Forlan (Uruguay), Carloz Tevez, Gabriel Heinze (both Argentina), Jonathan Spector, Tim Howard (both USA), Giuseppe Rossi (Italy), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) and Kleberson (Brazil) will all play in the tournament this summer.
United legend Ruud van Nistelrooy missed out on the Dutch squad, while veteran Juan Veron was overlooked by Argentina.
Full List of United players at the World Cup
Patrice Evra (France, Group A), Javier Hernandéz (Mexico, Group A), Park Ji-Sung (South Korea, Group B), Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick, Rio Ferdinand (all England, Group C), Nemanja Vidic, Zoran Tosic (both Serbia, Group D), Nani (Portugal, Group G).