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Aug. 12th, 2006 @ 05:02 pm Yeah, right...
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A cheap trick. Macca wants to show he's "willing to make drastic changes" and "build a new team". I suspect Becks-will-be-back as soon as the more crucial games come by. What does the phrase "the door remains open" bring to you? But anyway, i think he shoulda been dropped long time ago...

Go do some merchandise, squeaky David. I cant believe some are linking him to a possible pundit career (Lineker-style). Oh no, please! I'll have to watch Premiership with the sound turned off! :o

And where's his farewell match? They think we'll buy this?

Beckham left in the cold as England look forward

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AFTER ten years, three World Cups, one hanging in effigy and countless controversial moments, David Beckham's England career finally appears to be over. At the same time as he welcomed Terry Venables back into the fold as his assistant, the new England manager Steve McClaren cast Beckham out into the cold by omitting the former captain from his first squad.
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From:speckurban
Date:August 12th, 2006 06:30 pm (UTC)
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That sucks. Such a good player and he's dropped like a peice of garbage. If he really had to be kicked, they could have done it in a better way.
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From:sophia
Date:August 12th, 2006 06:53 pm (UTC)
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how?
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From:speckurban
Date:August 12th, 2006 06:56 pm (UTC)
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I dunno, I just think it was so sudden. Even if he did get warned. Eh, maybe I didn't read the article right.
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From:abomvubuso
Date:August 13th, 2006 01:54 pm (UTC)
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That just tells us that he's not permanently kicked.
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From:speckurban
Date:August 13th, 2006 10:45 pm (UTC)
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True.
Let's hope that he's not.
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From:heffalump_x
Date:August 12th, 2006 09:31 pm (UTC)
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Ughh, he's looking 'toward the future'? He's dropping Beckham because he's 'looking toward the future' and he will 'never close the door'. mmkaay.
Who ends a player's international career like that and says he'll 'never close the door'??
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From:abomvubuso
Date:August 13th, 2006 01:54 pm (UTC)
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Someone who knows nothing about diplomacy :D
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From:curry_chicken
Date:August 12th, 2006 09:52 pm (UTC)
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You have to admit that Becks did his best to lead England in WC 06. It's not like he sat back and diddled with the ball once or twice..right? I understand the coach's tactics and like you said, he'll be back for crucial games.

Or maybe David not fighting back for his position is a sign of things. He might decide to concentrate himself club side and...shiny endorsements of course. :P
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From:abomvubuso
Date:August 13th, 2006 01:56 pm (UTC)
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"Concentrate on club level". I like the phrase. I hear it every time someone is on his way to hanging the boots.

Are we going to witness another Michael Jordan? "Returning" to the big sport 3 maybe 4 times before he eventually realises he's no good anymore?
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From:curry_chicken
Date:August 13th, 2006 11:48 pm (UTC)
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Ouch. I hope the man has enough sense of his ability to realize what is best for his career now.

Madrid's on a 'we're going to win this one, for real yo' kick and signing peeps like crazy, but man...that club is like a curse. First Figo, then Zizou, then Ronaldo...sometimes I think Real sucks the footie out of it's players. Figo said it best: 'a travelling circus'. And to be honest, Becks was signed largely for his marketing appeal wasn't he?

Or maybe he can have one those Footie Renaissance's and prove the haters wrong. Impossible is nothing, isn't it? :D

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From:meteora_smt
Date:August 12th, 2006 10:04 pm (UTC)
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This was a surprise. But I've to say objectively speaking, bad decision from Steve McClaren, Beckham is a good player. Obviously this could be a tactic, mehe, I'm not sure, not really knowledgable about football politics and all.
From:12791
Date:August 12th, 2006 10:52 pm (UTC)
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Maybe it can also be because of his age?
I personally could care less about them dropping him because it give Michael Owen to get a tad bit more spotlight now.
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From:babeephatangel
Date:August 13th, 2006 05:17 am (UTC)
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Well, if you're going by that theory, McClaren could have waited to drop Becks since Michael Owen is unfortunately out for a very long time with his knee injury. =S
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From:abomvubuso
Date:August 13th, 2006 01:58 pm (UTC)
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Good point :)
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From:almadri
Date:August 13th, 2006 12:24 am (UTC)
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Well, at least Klinsmann still picked Kahn this year even though he benched Kahn in all but one of Germany games. Dropping someone like Beckham altogether is just shocking. Macca probably wants to show who's boss. And gives England a new start. Then if halfway he finds out that his new team's not working, he can always coax Beckham to come back. what's Becks going to say? screw you? Who's Macca going to put in the right wing now? Lennon?
From:chesegundo
Date:August 13th, 2006 07:12 am (UTC)
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The age doesn't matter. 31 years is an age of blossoming for a player. The problem is that Beckham stopped deserving to play for the national team still in MU. As a playmaker he has been nothing. As a right-wing passer and free-kicks kicker he has been very good, but not exceptional. If you want to go for a real talent, follow better Wright-Phillips.
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From:abomvubuso
Date:August 13th, 2006 01:59 pm (UTC)
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Becks has been going down the slope ever since he left ManYoo. Footballistically speaking.
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From:abomvubuso
Date:August 13th, 2006 02:01 pm (UTC)
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And that happens with everyone who goes to Real Madrid hehe XD
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From:dragon_4c
Date:August 18th, 2006 02:50 am (UTC)
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Wright-Phillips would probably have gone to the WC had he not gone to Chelsea and played practically no competitive football for the entire season. If SWP can regain previous form and get a 1st team place, him and Lennon should ensure that things won't be too bad post Beckham. Oh and also, to the OP, I believe Beckham has ruled out both managing and commentating after retirement.
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From:guybrush_lustri
Date:August 14th, 2006 04:09 am (UTC)
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The problem with Beckham was that he was never the amazing player people portrayed him as. His strengths weren't in being the playmaker, the heartbeat and the leader of the side. His strengths were running up and down the wing and sending in crosses.

However, Man United's marketing push in the mid-90s needed a face, and Beckham was the most marketable face they had. So he was portrayed as the great British footballer. He was the face of football. The problem was, he was never that man.

Make no mistake, he is a good player. He takes a mean free-kick, and when he stays on the wing, he gets lots of assists, which is what he's there for. However, when he started to believe the hype, his game went downhill. He started to try and play the game people wanted him to, rather than the game he was good at.

Beckham should be in the team, but his role should be clearly defined as that of a winger. When he stays in this role, he's still the best England has to offer in that position.
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From:abomvubuso
Date:August 15th, 2006 03:25 pm (UTC)
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Well said.
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From:slarey
Date:August 14th, 2006 10:10 am (UTC)
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I agree. Beckham's an amazing player, but he comes short to what people portray him as. He's great for free kicks and crosses, and because of this perhaps people expected more than he could give. He tried to satisfy the people by living up to them, but truthfully, it was difficult.

If anything, he deserves all the attention he has been getting (as well as the praises). He led England to a good World Cup this year, and this success must be recognized. So far, he's led quite a succesful career and is well known globally.

Letting him go just like that is really a shock. How cruel, not letting him do his century of caps. I really just think he deserves it. 31 is still a ripe age - I think he should continue playing (although I must admit, he is getting quite slow on the field).

I don't think that we've seen the last of him yet, though. Macca will most probably be relying on him soon.