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David Beckham offered England position for World Cup


Beckham confirms 2010 World Cup role

Former captain David Beckham is considering an offer from manager Fabio Capello to join his staff for England's 2010 World Cup campaign.

The LA Galaxy star's hopes of playing in the event were ended by an Achilles injury while on loan at AC Milan.

"They have made me well aware that I have a role to play with the players and the team," said the 34-year-old.

"We have not discussed specifics but I am honoured that a manager of Fabio's status feels I can be important."


Beckham stressed that he would only take up the offer from Capello and his number two Franco Baldini, if he had recovered sufficiently from the injury he suffered in March.

"Everyone knows with Fabio Capello and his staff you are there for a reason and that is to help the team and to be successful," he added.

"I am hoping to travel with the team but obviously we'll have to see how my therapy goes."

Two days after Beckham sustained his injury, Capello announced his intention to ask the midfielder to travel to South Africa as part of his staff.

17 May: 30-man squad travel to training camp in Austria
24 May: England v Mexico at Wembley
30 May: Japan v England at UPC-Arena, Graz, Austria
1 June: Deadline to name 23-man squad
2 June: Squad travel to World Cup base in Phokeng

The role would be Beckham's first in coaching, although he is a vice-president of England's bid to host the World Cup in 2018.

He also played an important ambassadorial role in London's successful 2012 Olympic bid.

England begin their World Cup campaign against the USA on 12 June after friendlies against Mexico and Japan on 24 and 30 May respectively.

A provisional 30-man group will fly out to Austria for a training camp on Monday, before Capello selects his final 23-strong squad for the tournament by 1 June.

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see also
Beckham hands over 2018 Cup bid
14 May 10 |  Football
Capello names surprise Cup squad
11 May 10 |  World Cup 2010
Capello asks Beckham to World Cup
19 Mar 10 |  World Cup 2010
Beckham injury 'won't affect 2018 bid'
16 Mar 10 |  Football
Capello confirms World Cup base
23 Feb 10 |  World Cup 2010
Beckham quits as England captain
02 Jul 06 |  England

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