So Steve McClarenâ€™s little jaunt to La-La land wasnâ€™t just a short holiday on the FAâ€™s expense account as the England manager has named David Beckham in what could be his final squad for our last Euro 2008 qualifying game against Croatia.
Becks has made a comeback of Hollywood proportions to make it back into McClarenâ€™s thoughts as he desperately tries to fulfill his dream of making it to a 100 England caps. But the irony is that he could come up one short.
Beckham is currently on 97 caps with two games to play, including a friendly against Austria, taking him to 99 before Englandâ€™s fate is decided. If we donâ€™t qualify itâ€™s unlikely the new regime will look at an ageing, injury prone player seeing his career out in the US.
It seems a bit unfair â€“ would anyone deny the prodigal son the chance to go a ton up, even if itâ€™s only a cameo appearance in a future friendly?
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John Terry is definitely out with an injury that even he canâ€™t comeback from in time and with Rio Ferdinand suspended for the Croatia game, England could face a defensive crisis.
Thereâ€™s better news on the defensive flanks with both Micah Richards and Ashley Cole being declared fit after respective knee and ankle injuries. Otherwise, the squad is:
Goalkeepers: Robinson (Tottenham), James (Portsmouth), Carson (Liverpool, on loan at Aston Villa)
Defenders: Richards (Man City), P Neville (Everton), Brown (Man Utd), Campbell (Portsmouth), Lescott (Everton), A Cole (Chelsea), Bridge (Chelsea), Shorey (Reading)
Midfielders: Beckham (LA Galaxy), Wright-Phillips (Chelsea), Bentley (Blackburn), Lampard (Chelsea), Gerrard (Liverpool), Barry (Aston Villa), J Cole (Chelsea), Downing (Middlesbrough), Hargreaves (Man Utd), Young (Aston Villa)
Forwards: Owen (Newcastle), Rooney (Man Utd), Crouch (Liverpool), Smith (Newcastle), Defoe (Tottenham)