Arsenal hero Theirry Henry has named former Manchester United maestro Paul Scholes as his toughest ever opponent, and criticised the England national team for not utilising his talents.
Speaking at The Sun’s Dream Team Q&A, Henry once again waxed lyrical on Scholes and his admiration of the Man United legend has been well documented.
Henry: “The best player I played against? Paul Scholes. England didn’t realise what they had with him.”
— Dream Team (@dreamteamfc) August 4, 2015
Scholes was a key component during the height of our battles against Sir Alex Ferguson’s side in the early 2000s, despite often going under the radar – with much of the focus on Patrick Vieira and Roy Keane.
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Henry and Scholes have since moved into punditry roles at Sky and BT respectively, with the latter infuriating us fans on a number of occasions with his criticism of our club.
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Henry’s comment about how England used Scholes is interesting given that he’s widely regarded as the best midfielder the country has produced.
However, due to the presence of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, Scholes was often deployed out wide, which forced him into an early retirement.
Jack Wilshere seems to be the main beneficiary of how Scholes was treated, with our midfield star now at the heart of England’s plans due to his technical ability.