By Chris Wright
Crocked midfielder David Beckham has confirmed that he hopes to be playing a much more active role in England’s World Cup campaign than just travelling to South Africa in a ‘mascot’ capacity.
Beckham, who has been ruled out of the World Cup after rupturing his achilles tendon in March, has revealed that he has discussed the possibility of joining manager Fabio Capello‘s coaching staff for the duration of the tournament – depending on how well his recovery from injury progresses.
Speaking at the presentation of England’s bid to host the 2018 World Cup, the 35-year-old told the press;
“I’ve spoken to the manager and [assistant manager] Franco Baldini and they have made it well aware that I have a role to play with the players and the team. We have not discussed specifics but I’m honoured that a manager of Fabio’s status feels I can be important.
I am hoping to travel with the team but obviously we’ll have to see how my therapy goes.”
It is likely that, should Beckham be offered a position by Capello, it will primarily be in the guise of an intermediary between manager and players but the former England captain will also be charged with assisting on the training ground.