England may have achieved their best World Cup finish since 1990 this summer but this current squad isn’t quite the ‘Golden Generation’.
Back in the early 2000s, England’s squad was full of superstars.
It was Euro 2004 that England fans will no doubt look back on as their best chance to win their first tournament since 1996.
And it was England’s midfield quartet that got fans excited 14 years ago.
However, there was a problem.
How on earth do you fit David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Paul Scholes into the same midfield-four?
Well, manager Sven Goran-Eriksson decided he would play Scholes on the left of midfield.
It led to an unbalanced England side crashing out at the quarter-final stage to hosts Portugal on penalties.
Scholes ultimately retired after the tournament.
It led to England fans claiming that Scholes played his entire international career on the left wing.
And that very ‘myth’ was suggested by Jamie Redknapp on Sky Sports ahead of England’s friendly with Switzerland.
But fellow pundit Jamie Carragher shut that down immediately.
He fired back saying: “Can I just say this is a bit of a myth this.
“Scholes played left midfield for four games in one tournament and then retired. He only played there for four games.”
Scholes made 66 appearances for the Three Lions in total he played left midfield on just eight occasions.
Once under Glen Hoddle and seven times under Eriksson – out of the 36 times he played for the Swede.
So those England fans that say Scholes’ international career was ruined by him playing left midfield don’t really have a case it seems…