David Beckham would like to manage
England – but not yet.
That was the message from sources
close to the former international skipper, who has been touted as a possible
successor to Fabio Capello.
But Becks – who has no coaching
qualifications – does not want to end his playing career yet and has told pals
he still backs Capello. The 35-year-old is under contract to LA Galaxy until
2012 and has spent the past two seasons also playing on loan at AC Milan.
Injury forced him to miss the World
Cup, but Beckham did stay with the England squad working as a mediator between
Fabio Capello and players.
He was also on the bench during
games seemingly taking an active role encouraging the players.
It was also Beckham, not Capello,
who remonstrated with ref Jorge Larrionda over Frank Lampard’s ‘goal’ which was
not given in the 4-1 defeat by Germany.
“It would be great if David was to
manage England one day, but not now,” said the source. “He’s not taking any
coaching qualifications yet because he is still very much a player.”
Beckham is targeting a spot in the
forthcoming qualifiers for Euro 2012 to help restore the team’s credibility.
The former skipper believes that he still has plenty to offer England even
after 115 caps stretching back to 1996 and his ability to retain possession and
pass incisively was sorely missed at the finals.
His rehab is going well, and he
wants to play in the 2012 qualifier against Bulgaria on 3 September and against
Switzerland four days later.
He also has a tremendous influence
on senior England players. It was Becks who had to defuse the explosive World
Cup row that was tearing England apart.
The belief is players were divided
by a feud between Steven Gerrard and Kop pal Jamie Carragher on one side and
Chelsea skipper John Terry on the other.
The Liverpool pair were incensed JT
had spoken about problems within the team and also that he had tried to arrange
all the players into a huddle on the pitch after the Slovenia victory – England’s
solitary success in South Africa.
They saw that as a direct challenge
to Gerrard’s captaincy and tensions threatened to spiral out of control.
Beckham was brought in as a peacemaker to calm the whole situation and although
calm was reached there is still festering resentment.