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Eriksson: Beckham still has plenty to offer England

August 16, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Former England boss Sven Goran Eriksson believes current Three Lions coach Fabio Capello has been wrong to attempt to force David Beckham into international retirement.

David Beckham, Sven Goran Eriksson
GettyImages / RossKinnairdSven Goran Eriksson: Managed David Beckham for six years

Capello said before the Hungary friendly that he would no longer be considering selecting Beckham for England as he is "too old", a decision that has received a mixed response from English press and football fans alike.

Some agree with Capello's claim that at 35 years old Beckham can no longer make an impact at international level, and must make way for younger talent.

But Eriksson - who selected the former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder as his captain throughout a six-year tenure in charge of England - firmly believes that Beckham still has plenty to offer.

"Beckham deserves all the respect you can give to him," Eriksson said. "When he gets fit, he is still a very good football player.

"If it is somebody with 20, 30, 40, 50 caps then, yes, you have to speak to him before dropping him. I would do it myself, I did it many times - David Seaman was one. If a player is good enough, yes, why not play him?"