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World Cup woes for Beckham

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The story dominating the news media this morning is the news that David Beckham is set to miss the World Cup through a serious achilles injury.

The 34 year old player, who is currently on loan to AC Milan, went off during the 1-0 win last night, and many sources are claiming it could be at least 3 months before Beckham can even resume light training, let alone play a match. Beckham turns 35 this year, and with an injury which could even take five or six months to fully recover from, there are doubts that he’ll ever play for England again.

It is quite obviously massive blow for the England camp. Although Beckham is no longer a starting player, his experience with the squad would have been invaluable for those younger players in the squad, or those going for their first World Cup tournament. For Beckham himself, this would have been his fourth tournament, which would have been a massive achievement, but those dreams are now seemingly over.

It seems that in the run up to the World Cup, the England squad are losing players, either through injury or from withdrawal from the squad in the case of Wayne Bridge. Aaron Lennon, who has been hailed by many as Beckham’s long term replacement on the pitch, is still struggling to overcome a groin injury which has plagued him this season. Some speculated that from the right sided players available, Capello would have been forced to choose only 2 or 3 to take to South Africa. With Beckham’s injury forcing him out of selection and the possibility that Lennon may not make the finals, it seems that Capello now may have his hand forced into taking Shaun Wright-Phillips, a player who was on the fringe during the qualifiers, and Theo Walcott, a player that many will argue, is still not ready for the spotlight of playing regularly for England.

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Written by Nicole Carroll

March 15, 2010 at 9:50 am

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