McClaren coy on Beckham

07 June 2007 07:38
Steve McClaren refused to be drawn on whether David Beckham would retain his place in the squad for England's next match despite starring in the 3-0 Euro 2008 qualifying victory over Estonia. The former captain defied an ankle injury to set up second-half goals for Peter Crouch and Michael Owen with trademark crosses on his competitive return to international football. Just ten months ago, head coach McClaren decided to drop Beckham from the England fold, but after man-of-the-match performances against Estonia and in Friday's friendly draw with Brazil, he provided a resounding reply to any remaining doubters. However, with the Real Madrid midfielder set to move to MLS side LA Galaxy next month, McClaren refused to confirm whether Beckham will still figure in his plans next season. When asked about Beckham's future inclusion, he said: "We'll see when the next squad is announced. He answered everyone with his performance on the field." Meanwhile, McClaren hailed Beckham's contribution in Tallinn where he led England to three vital qualifying points. "You can see it, you know it and I know it: he's immense," he said. "He has set up three of the four goals we have scored since he came back and that's why he's in the team. "David Beckham is a very, very good player and deserves to be in the team. "He got a knock early on but didn't want to come off and when he's playing like that he's invaluable to us. "But once we got the second and third we could allow him to take a breather. "Now he can get back to Real Madrid and try and win a medal."

Source: ESA

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