McClaren hails 'best' Becks

02 June 2007 12:16
Steve McClaren hailed David Beckham as 'the best right-sided player in the world' after impressing on his return to the international fold during the 1-1 draw with Brazil at the new Wembley Stadium. Beckham marked his recall with a committed performance capped by his 68th minute free-kick which John Terry headed home to claim the first international goal at the newly-rebuilt stadium. McClaren opted to overlook the Real Madrid midfielder following last summer's disappointing World Cup campaign, but Beckham now looks set to start in Wednesday's must-win Euro 2008 qualifier in Estonia. "I brought Beckham back because he was playing well," he said. "When he's playing well, there is no better right-sided player in the world. He showed that tonight. "It was fitting. We thought we had a chance on set plays and his delivery was exceptional. "He put it on John Terry's head and JT does not miss from there. It was fitting but a pity we didn't get the result to go with it." However, McClaren refused to be drawn on Beckham's long-term international future with the former England captain set to join LA Galaxy in July. "There has been a great debate," he said. "But we picked David Beckham because of David Beckham the player. "Since the new year, his performances have been fit and strong and he deserved his place in the team on performance. "Our only focus is on Wednesday and a good performance. I'm not looking beyond that."

Source: ESA

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