Legendary England striker Jimmy Greaves has called for Fabio Capello to axe David Beckham.
Greaves knows all about the pain of being left out, having famously been overlooked in favour of Sir Geoff Hurst for the 1966 World Cup final despite being the outstanding forward of his generation.
Beckham does not look set to suffer a similar fate just yet given the warm words Capello has offered about the 34-year-old, who if he makes it to South Africa would appear in his fourth World Cup finals.
“You have got to get rid of the old players because they can go on too long,” said Greaves.
“It doesn't matter how great a player they have been, there comes a time to call it a day, otherwise you'd still have Geoff Hurst and Bobby Charlton playing for England.
“Personally, I wouldn't pick Beckham. I would give some of the younger lads an opportunity to get experience instead.”
While he has plenty of admiration for Fabio Capello, Greaves fears the usual excessive hype is being applied to a team that is only one out of eight he could make a case for in South Africa next summer.
“If you stop and look and analyse the teams you can't possibly say England are favourites,” said Greaves.