Paul Scholes has retired from international football to concentrate on his career with Manchester United.

The 29-year-old, who scored 14 goals in 66 appearances for his country, announced his decision on Manchester United’s official website.

“This is a decision I have not taken lightly,” admitted Scoles.

Scholes, who first represented England in 1997, added: “I have been considering retiring from international football for a while.”

Scholes was on target for England during their 4-2 win over Croatia at Euro 2004 – his first goal at international level for three years.

“I started my England career in 1997 and have enjoyed seven years of great football, playing in the best competitions, with some of the best players, under the best managers,” said Scholes.

“Euro 2004 was fantastic but afterwards I felt the time was right for myself and my family to make it my last England appearance.

“I would like to thank everyone at England for the wonderful years I had playing for the team and all the experience I gained. I wish them all the best and good luck for the future.”