Many have expressed their opinion on whether Golden Balls should or should not be on the plane to South Africa this summer. Supporters have praised his commitment and skill whilst critics have said that he has ‘lost it’ and there are others which should be chosen i.e. Shaun Wright-Phillips, Aaron Lennon and Theo Walcott. But with the other three not cementing the right side of midfield for England and inconsistent performances for their respected clubs, questions always come back to whether Beckham should be called up.
Beckham’s commitment cannot be questioned; by far he along with Terry and Rooney will most probably do anything for their country. However, doubt shadows over Beckham’s age and how much can he add to the team. The other three are near enough the same type of player; quick, small, highly skilful. None of them have the crossing ability that Beckham provides; the end result, the ability to split the opposition with a 60 yard ball. Beckham gives England that extra ‘x’ factor, the ability to pull something out of the bag. Apart from Walcott, Beckham has always delivered for England, he single handily sent England to the World Cup in 2002 with that superb free kick against Greece. Obviously Beckham will not start games, with Walcott most likely, due to defenders fearing his lethal pace, but Beckham has accepted and adapted to his new role in the England squad. He has the ability to add pace to the game if England need a goal, as well as, hold up the ball if needing to kill off a game.
Understandably if the likes of Lennon, Wright-Phillips and even David Bentley had lived up to our expectations of them, then we would not be mentioning Beckham, but they failed. Beckham has fought tooth and nail to get onto that plane; he has left LA Galaxy to play on loan at AC Milan.
I hold the opinion with Fabio watching Beckham this week playing for Milan, Capello has not fully closed the door. Beckham will now be playing in the Champions League, and competing for Serie A, good performances will keep him in good stead to be on that plane.
Written By Mo Mereh