David Healy: Beckham will play for England again
I was gutted for David Beckham when he suffered that shocking achilles tendon injury last weekend ruling him out of the World Cup finals.
He so wanted to play in South Africa as it would have been his fourth World Cup.
Looking at the disappointment and pain in his face during the AC Milan game last Sunday, I really felt for him.
I’m sure millions around the UK had the same emotion because he is such a popular guy.
I know there is a lot of Hollywood-type hysteria connected to David, but he is a genuinely nice bloke, who has been a fantastic ambassador for football.
He certainly didn’t deserve this.
Since the injury, which could rule him out for six months or more, many have been speculating about whether his career is over.
Not a chance.
Beckham will not want it to end like this.
He will be as determined as ever to recover and play football again.
Becks has been written off numerous times over the years and on every occasion he has dusted himself down and bounced back. I feel that he will do the same this time.
I would go one further by saying that I believe David will play for England again.
You may find that hard to believe because he is 35 in May and England would be looking to the future after the World Cup, but I found it interesting to hear Fabio Capello say that he would like David available for the European Championship qualifiers. There have been suggestions that Capello was saying that to soften the blow for Beckham, but the Italian is not that type.
He knows David can do a job for him — on and off the park.
I fully expect to see Beckham in international football again and I wouldn’t put it past him to beat the English caps record, currently held by Peter Shilton.
In terms of the World Cup, England are going to miss his influence.
He may have only been used as a substitute in South Africa, but he would have been a useful one with his ability to keep the ball and to cause danger from set pieces.
He would also have been a major help to the younger England players like Aaron Lennon or Theo Walcott. He has huge respect in the squad and I know the kids, in particular, have great respect for him.
Actually, it would be a great idea for Capello to invite Becks to South Africa because he could make a positive impact in the dressing room.
On another note, good luck to Ireland who should claim the Triple Crown against Scotland at Croke Park tomorrow.
I know France are set to win the Six Nations championship but it’s been another good season for the Irish.
And finally, with regard to the big battle at Cheltenham today my tip was Kauto Star.