Friday, March 28, 2008

thanks to God, finally theres someone who really pays attention to becks performance based on what he does on the field, not his fame and money. he has done what he supposed to and must be pleased with his performance last night.  however, i believe, it wont be his last contribution to his country, that is england. there were only few of players who really deserved to be applauded. they are rio ferdinand, david beckham and owen hargreaves. england played a slow start and showed a promising result after 8 mins or so. but an error by david james, and miscalculation by john terry, caused england dearly. conceding a penalty didnt make capellos army to shake off their negative approach. from now and then becks supplied numerous good passes but they were cleared from danger too quickly. gerrard had two clear chances but he was unlucky and only be able to watch his chances fade away. i admit i am disappointed with the way england play and cant quite figure out why capello chose to go with one striker instead of two. and smacked in one DMF instead of two. tired lone soldier was run down by 2 heavy set DMF of france. it was clear on the second half that englands midfielders were not able to open up for attacking and instead, being bombarded with solid team work from the france team. well, i have to say it would have been 2-0 or 3-0 if other key players had been on the field. capello has a month to fix the terrible result and prove to the fans that he deserves  all the perks he receives every month. USA will pay visit to wembley stadium to play friendly match. it will be interesting match as becks will come face to face with some of his teammates. if capellos words were true, he will choose another captain for next two matches and will decide before the WC qualifying matches begin. hope it will be becks.... 

Beckham Hungry For More

England talisman David Beckham expressed his joy at earning his elusive 100th cap for England, and insisted he feels well enough to carry on...

Much was made of Beckham's future with the Three Lions following his decision to step down as captain after Luis Felipe Scolari and Portugal proved to be their undoing in the quarterfinals once again.

Successor of then-manager Sven-Goran Eriksson was his assistant and Middlesbrough manager Steve McClaren. McClaren made the bold move of dropping Beckham from the squad altogether - many believed this was just to prove a point, rather than being on merit - and results were not forthcoming for the coach.

Indeed when Beckham returned to the fold with McClaren's men were near rockbottom, the iconic number 7 proved an asset and almost made enough match-winning contributions to see England escape the humiliation of failing to qualify for Euro 2008.

Of course, it was not to be: though the loss came on the final day of qualifying, the damage had been done months earlier.

McClaren was the fall guy on this occasion, and England sought out arguably the world's most successful coach as his replacement.

Capello had of course just left Real Madrid where he had won La Liga largely thanks to Beckham, but not before experiencing troublesome times with the winger. Don Fabio dropped him from his squad shortly after McClaren gave him the England axe, and refusing to play him when he had arranged a move to LA Galaxy at the end of the season.

Fences were mended, though, but Capello did not call up Beckham to his inaugural England squad due to a lack of fitness. Many felt this would leave Beckham stranded on 99 caps, and his fate became almost of more interest to the media than the rest of the team's put together.

Many thought with Beckham now playing in such a supposedly inferior league, he was of no worth to the England set-up. Capello appears to disagree, as tonight, Golden Balls ran out for his 100th cap against France, and Capello has hinted it's not the last we'll see of him either.

"I'm very honoured," Beckham told 
Sky Sports after the game. "Straight from when I started playing for England I never dreamed I'd get 100 caps, and hopefully beyond. 

"I'm happy, but like I said during the week I want to carry on. Of course things can change but I want to carry on playing for my country." 

"I've proved my fitness, that's the biggest thing. We're not into our season yet [in the United States' Major Soccer League] but I felt great, I felt a lot better than I thought I would." 

With Beckham now in a very much exclusive 100 club, suggestions have begun that he may go on to surpass the great Bobby Moore's 108 caps - the record for an outfield player - while goalkeeper Peter Shilton's 125 seems somewhat further off in the distance.

Beckham, though, is just embracing the achievement as it is: "Just to go over the 100 mark is a proud moment. 

"To be up there with Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton, Billy Wright and Peter Shilton, I'm honoured to be in that company."

In Beckham's 100 appearances for England, he has scored 17 goals.

Chet Winter,

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