Beckham Has To Go……

Whilst watching David Beckham (pictured below), making his eagerly anticipated return to Italian football last week, playing for A.C. Milan in an advanced wide-right role, one thought occupied my mind.

He has to be on the plane to South Africa, as part of the England squad, to contest the World Cup finals.

Surely leaving him behind would be a mistake?

He played with commitment, confidence and typified the spirit an Englishman has to show to be able to ply his trade at the highest level in the game.

I don’t feel these qualities are enough to guarantee him a place in the 23-man squad but should he play regularly for the Rossoneri (Milan’s nickname) he has to be a key member for South Africa.

I admit he will not be guaranteed a starting berth in the England XI, but when you weigh up the options for midfield or even at right full-back then Beckham is a certainty, it should not be questioned.

The natural ability of his right-foot is undoubtedly superb and his never-say-die approach and excellent professional attitude will make him a key presence on the training pitch and with the younger players as the tournament progresses.

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People question his age, but at 34 he is far from finished at the highest level and I invite you to take in some A.C. Milan fixtures over the coming months, as well as his eagerly anticipated return to Old Trafford.

It is regularly questioned,  that the level of football he has partaken in over recent months is poor, but his performances in the MLS (Major League Soccer) in America were more than of a satisfactory level, with L.A. Galaxy reaching the MLS Cup Final in the process.

David Beckham?s LA Galaxy lose MLS Cup final on penalties to Real Salt Lake

The Galaxy lost the final on penalties, to Real Salt Lake (cracking team name), though Beckham (pictured above), played the full match with three pain killing injections in his right ankle.

The most pragmatic way to view his inclusion, in the England squad, is to think of the alternatives to his inclusion.

Michael Carrick is extremely inconsistent and has not performed to the level of an international footballer this season. Owen Hargreaves hasn’t kicked a ball in vain for over a year. Jermaine Jenas can’t even make it into the Tottenham starting team.

The list goes on, but I surely don’t need to bore you with it?

Beckham has bounced back on many occasions. Proving to football fans who love him or love to hate him that he is a class act.

Mr Capello, please do not make the same mistakes Steve McClaren made and exclude D Beck at your peril.

Cheers for reading as ever.

Take it easy.

Gaffers

P.s. Well done to the Cup of Africa Nations for getting on with the tournament despite the tragic happenings of last friday.

The tournament has begun in fantastic fashion with goals, shocks and incidents galore. Check out a match or two!!

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