Galaxy's Lalas backs Beckham's England dream

June 7, 2007
By ESPNsoccernet

Los Angeles Galaxy general manager Alexi Lalas insists he would 'drive him to the airport' if it makes it easier for David Beckham to play for England.

Since his return to the international team, Beckham has been England's most influential player, creating three of the four goals against Brazil and Estonia.

The 32-year-old is on the brink of leaving European football with Real Madrid on top of the Primera Liga and will move to the United States to join Los Angeles.

When Beckham agreed to join the US side in January, his international career appeared to be over after Steve McClaren dropped the former Manchester United midfielder when he succeeded Sven-Goran Eriksson.

Fabio Capello then froze Beckham out at the Bernabeu and it appeared he was just marking time until his Stateside move.

However, his form in the Primera Liga saw him recalled to the national side where his starring role has prompted a club versus country debate with England set to resume their Euro 2008 qualifiers in September.

Lalas, however, is adamant the club would actively support Beckham rather than stand in his way if he continues to be called up.

Lalas told BBC Radio Five Live: 'We adhere to FIFA's rules and regulations regarding the release of any of our players.

'And if David continues to be called up for England we'll drive him to the airport.

'Let's be honest, it's not only an honour for him but also for the Galaxy and the fact we can say one of our players is named in the England squad, I think it's a wonderful statement on the quality that exists at the Galaxy.'

Lalas also insists the competition in Major League Soccer is high enough to keep Beckham fit and sharp.

'We have a very high level over here. Any player that comes over here can continue to develop and I think if David is called back in that England is going to get a player that is physically and mentally sound and in form.'

Lalas, who played in Serie A with Padova in the mid-1990s, also insisted the club would release Beckham for Euro 2008 - should England qualify - despite the competition taking place over three weeks in June, during the MLS season.

'We play an international game here and our fans understand that and we understand that and the bigger picture is important,' Lalas continued.

'The fact we have players that are good enough to be called up to some of the best national teams in the world that is a wonderful statement on where we are.

'Next year is a long way away, a lot of things can happen.

'You can only look at what has happened in the last couple of months with regard to David to know things change pretty quickly in the world of football.'