I just got back from Hawaii after seeing him play in the 3rd-Place game of the Pan-Pacific Championship -
He looked weak, slow and could hardly run. We all know he's never been good at running - still, this past injury must have taken a massive toll, as he was a shadow of his former self.
Granted, they played on a plastic pitch at Aloha Stadium, but that should've helped him, as there are no divots on the field, nor any softness for any of the players to lose their footing.
But no - he just doesn't have it any more. Some will argue that he never had it anyway, but at least while he was young he could at least keep up with his opposing wingers and wingbacks. The one goal that Sydney FC scored was because Becks had drifted to the left side of midfield, away from his normal right side, and subsequently the ball had come to the opposing left wing-back who moved forward with the ball since Becks was trying to recover his position, and promptly thumped a 25-yarder into the top right corner of goal. That was all Beckham's fault and he knew it the moment it hit the back of the net, as he put his hands on his hips trying to regain his breath, his head down.
Galaxy got lucky to get the winning goal in the end, but Beckham should've been at least gracious enough to remove himself from the game halfway through the 2nd half, when he got kicked in the chest by a loose foot - he kept running around the field with his hand to that area on the chest for a good 5 minutes, wandering about the pitch not really doing anything.
When you compare modern-day wingers like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, one may wonder how a player like Beckham even made it. Clearly Beckham has no dribbling skills, nor any sort of speed, and had only 2 tricks - the cross-field pass and his free-kicks.
Beckham should switch his position and play sweeper in front of the back 4 and try to dictate the game from there for the rest of his career, at least in the slower MLS.
As for England? He shouldn't expect any concessions from Mr. Capello in his current state. Beckham honestly looked like he couldn't even hold his footing on that decent plastic pitch.
Look at Osaka - they played the mid-long ball over the top to break the Houston off-side over and over again, and BarĂ© was cool enough and good enough on that pitch to control the ball to slot past the keeper 4-times. Osaka didn't seem to have any problems what so ever, as they went on to cruise past MLS Champions Houston Dynamo 6-1 in the Final. What does that tell you about the quality of the MLS, eh?
Beckham should've stayed in Europe somewhere.