Injured Beckham can still play a part in England’s World Cup campaign

20th March 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
Football World Cup News

David Beckham may still go the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The former Manchester United star was struck down with a bad Achilles tendon injury while playing on loan for AC Milan, an injury which will keep him out of action for around six months. It was a cruel way for Beckham to be eliminated from the England squad, but England boss Fabio Capello still wants Becks to be around the England camp for the tournament. The midfielder, who had already, for all intents and purposes, been relegated to a fringe player, could still be valuable for his experience. The former England captain is the most capped outfield player for his country, and Capello still believes that the 34 year old can contribute to his nation’s cause. His presence with the media and around the dressing room, could still have a big influence on England’s performance at the World Cup.

Beckham may well have missed his World Cup swansong as a player, as he will not be ready to play in the tournament. He travelled to Finland immediately to receive treatment, and while the operation has been hailed as a success, the window of opportunity in him getting fit enough to play in the World Cup is pretty much closed shut. Whether that will be the end of his international career as a player, will be up to the individual. He will, more likely than not, be back for his club LA Galaxy once he recovers, as he is still under contract with them. If this injury finishes his international career, failing to make his fourth world cup as a player, then it will be a sad end to one of England’s finest role models of the modern football era. The sight of him on his hands and knees for AC Milan was not something a lot of England fans wanted to see, but it opens the door of opportunity for someone else.

Fabio Capello has also stated that full back Wayne Bridge can still take a place in the squad for the World Cup. The Manchester City defender declined the opportunity to play for his country in their recent friendly against Egypt, in light of being around Chelsea’s John Terry. Capello has left the door open for Bridge, as England still wait to see the fitness of Chelsea’s Ashley Cole who is in his own race to be fit for the World Cup. Beckham’s departure from the World Cup has not influenced betting at all. If it had been star striker Wayne Rooney, then it would be a completely different story.

Current World Cup Outright Odds
Spain – 21/5 at Sporting Bet
Brazil – 5/1 at Bet365
England – 6/1 at Bwin
Argentina – 10/1 at Totesport
Italy – 14/1 at BlueSquare

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