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Is McClaren right to recall Beckham?

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England coach Steve McClaren has performed an amazing U-turn by recalling former captain David Beckham.

Beckham, 32, is back for the friendly against Brazil and the Euro 2008 qualifier against minnows Estonia on 6 June.

McClaren axed the Real Madrid midfielder when he took over from Sven-Goran Eriksson after England's poor World Cup showing in Germany last summer.

But after impressing for Madrid in recent weeks, Beckham is back for England's Wembley homecoming against Brazil on Friday.

Do you think McClaren has made the right decision - or is the England coach putting his own neck on the line?

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posted Jun 7, 2007

So you agree that our crisis was not the original exclusion of Beckham but moreso that by bring him back, McClaren has proved himself too weak for the England post?

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comment by ROBSON9 (U4454757)

posted Jun 7, 2007

I agree that England are in crisis. I like Becks mate and before you start I know you don't so let's not go down that road shall we. I think that the Lamps-Gerrard problem is more of an issue. So's the strikers on offer and goalie a bit too.

Main thing I agree with is that McClaren is a joke!


Gunnermountain,

Thanks for that mate, if you don't like it, get off a Beckham post and start you love Joe Cole post somewhere else. Furthermore, it's not about having a life, it's about talking to people who know football instead of working in my office ok

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posted Jun 7, 2007

It is not that I don't like Beckham but he has been called up to the squad under the wrong circumstances

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comment by ROBSON9 (U4454757)

posted Jun 7, 2007

Because he's the best in that posistion for England?

Best form right midfielder for England?

What he can offer from crosses and set-pieces?


Mate, McClaren is wa_nk! I know that, you know that! What can we do?

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comment by Ta5 (U5739538)

posted Jun 7, 2007

Beckham is light years ahead of Lennon, SWP and Bentley right now.

just cause that will change in the next 3 years it does not mean he should not be playing this season.

International football is about picking the best players of the moment - no need to "devolp" players like Lennon or Bentley - that is for their clubs to do.

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posted Jun 7, 2007

So what do we do if Beckham can't play? Throw Bentley in at the deep end against Russia or Croatia.. or perhaps it would have been better to get a look in against lowly Estonia, and don't tell me that we would not have won if it was not for Beckham

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comment by ROBSON9 (U4454757)

posted Jun 7, 2007

Aaron Lennon needs to improve, but he is the obvisous replacement for Becks when fit, but that's when Beckham is not good enough anymore. I would like to think we'd beat Estonia comfortably without Becks, but we've been s poor as of late it's hard to be confident when I think it, let alone say it!

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comment by Ta5 (U5739538)

posted Jun 7, 2007

So what do we do if Beckham can't play? Throw Bentley in at the deep end against Russia or Croatia.. or perhaps it would have been better to get a look in against lowly Estonia, and don't tell me that we would not have won if it was not for Beckham

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you can look at players in friendlys.

Bentley is way down the pecking order anyways.

Seems Lennon and Dyer are ahead of him in Mac's mind.

Like i said, competative fixtures - no matter who they are against - should be for the best players.

Maybe we would have drawn against Croatia or beaten Mecidonani if Beckham was playing.

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posted Jun 10, 2007

I believe David Beckham has proved his worth in the 2 games since his recall. I challenge those who believe those who think England are better off without him as he is now. I am concerned how he will continue this form needing to travel to and from USA. But for now he is worth every penny.

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posted Jun 11, 2007

How many games will it take for the media and public to get on his back again? They will blame his travelling as a reason if we don't qualify. I think we will qualify, and I think Beckham will be the motivating factor for the whole team. Gerrard raises his game when Beckham plays, which can only be good for England. If Becks was dropped from the SQUAD (not just the team) for poor performance, then Lampard needs to axed from the squad also. Now. Carrick should have his chance instead, and Hargreaves when he is fully fit and ready.

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