FORMER Manchester United great Dennis Law has tipped Paul Scholes to be a key figure in England's World Cup side next year. As competition for places in coach Glenn Hoddle's final squad for France increases, Law has predicted Scholes will edge out teammate Teddy Sheringham for the second striker's spot. Scholes is often compared to Law, dubbed the 'King of Old Trafford' in the 1960s. Newcastle's Alan Shearer is expected to be fit to spearhead the England attack in the finals which means there will be only one other vacant place up front. 'At the moment it has to be Sch-oles,' Law said. 'He has proved this season he is an excellent goal scorer for both club and country and he always looks dangerous. 'Glenn Hoddle must select on the basis of form for the finals and if Scholes keeps on doing what he is doing he would be my choice for France.' Scholes, 23, has scored seven goals this season to help fire United to the top of the Premier League and has scored three times in just five app-earances for England since his debut against South Africa at Old Trafford in May. 'He has become a vital part in the Manchester United line-up and the goals he scores from midfield are vital,' Law said. 'He is clearly a natural and the way he has matured presents Glenn Hoddle with a nice selection headache in the build-up for the finals.' Meanwhile, Feyenoord's Paul Bosvelt has finally apologised by letter to Denis Irwin for his horrendous tackle on the Manchester United star in an attempt to end the row over the controversial episode. Bosvelt moved to defuse the situation after Irwin suffered knee ligament damage as a result of the challenge during United's 3-1 Champions' League victory in Rotterdam earlier this month. UEFA have so far not punished Bosvelt because they claim none of their officials at the match saw the incident, while they do not use television evidence. Feyenoord spokesman Fred Blankemeijer hopes the matter will now be closed and said: 'Paul sent him a letter of apology a few days ago because he is truly sorry for what happened. 'It's a great pity because it was totally out of character for him. We don't expect anything more to happen because UEFA have said they don't use television evidence so now we must forget it and move on.' In another move, Arsenal are to buy an interest in French club Cannes according to newspaper reports. Arsenal will loan ?1.5 million to the club, formerly managed by current Gunners boss Arsene Wenger but now bottom of the French league, in an arrangement that turns Cannes into something of a nursery for the Londoners. Arsenal will also lend players - in return for having first pick of any Cannes players who want to leave. Wenger, who has brought a crop of Frenchmen to Highbury, has already tried to buy goalkeeper Sebastien Chabbert and striker Laurent Leroy from the club but AC Milan bought Chabbert and loaned him back to Cannes since he was not guaranteed first-team football in Italy.