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Will David Beckham Be At The 2010 World Cup

Will David Beckham Be At The 2010 World Cup

In England’s final World Cup qualifying game Beckham came of the bench to receive his 115th cap. His superb performance, which earned him the man of the match award, will have gone a long way to calm fears about his fitness, and secure his place at South Africa 2010. However, the World Cup is still eight months away and Beckham will have to remain match fit and fight for his place in the squad right up until the tournament begins, if he is to remain on track to becoming the first man in an England shirt to play at four World Cups.

England vs. BelarusEngland went into their final group match against Belarus knowing that they had already qualified for the World Cup. With minor injuries forcing key players Rooney and Gerard out off the team, the game was the perfect chance for some of the fringe players to impress England manager Fabio Capello.

However, after a bright start, scoring within in the first four minutes, England produced an average workman like performance against a well organized Belarus team. In the 59th minute Beckham was introduced, prompting an instant reaction from the crowd and England players alike. Almost his first touch, a pass from a corner, led to Shawn Wight Phillips finding the back of the net for England’s second goal.

In a game where Peter Crouch scored twice and Shawn Wright Phillips impressed, out of position on the left, it was David Beckham’s superb cameo that stood out. Although he only played 30 minutes, his performance earned him the man of the match award, much to the approval of the Wembley crowd.

Competition for Beckham’s PositionThere is fierce competition in the England squad for the mid field positions, with Lampard, Gerrard, Barry and Walcott looking certain to have already guaranteed their places. Beckham faces stiff competition for one of the few remaining spots, from in form players Aaron Lennon and Shaun Wright Phillips, as will as Joe Cole and Owen Hargreaves who are returning from injury. However, if Beckham stays in shape and continues to produce quality performances he would be unlucky not to find himself named in Capello’s 23 man squad. reservations surrounding his fitness have led to doubts over the continuation of his international career.

It was Beckham’s lack of match fitness that led to his exclusion from the squad Capello named for his first game as England manager, a friendly against Switzerland. At this time Beckham had not played a competitive game in three months, a situation he has worked hard to avoid finding himself in ever since.

At the end of the last MLS season Beckham joined AC Milan, where he enjoyed a successful loan spell, in an attempt to stay fit for international duty. After the Belarus game Beckham revealed that a repeat of this loan deal was “95% done” and that he “doesn’t see why it isn’t going to happen”. This deal will see Beckham playing competitive football at Mila n right up to the World Cup, greatly increasing his chances of making England’s World Cup Squad.

Beckham’s Chance to Prove Himself Before the World CupWith such fierce competition for spaces in the squad Beckham will have to work hard to prove his worth in his remaining MLS games, his loan spell with Milan and future England fixtures to guarantee his place in the England squad. The next chance Beckham will have to prove himself at an international level will be on the 14th of November when England take on FIFA’s number one ranked team, Brazil, in a friendly.

Beckham’s man of the match winning cameo performance against Belarus can only have strengthened his case for his continued inclusion in the England squad and taken him one step closer to appearing at a forth World Cup.