David Beckham was a surprise inclusion in the starting line up for Paris Saint Germain in their first leg 2-2 quarter-final draw with Champions League favourites Barcelona.

Pitching the 37-year-old in against the best midfield in the world was certainly a brave move by manager Carlo Ancelloti.

The move once again had calls for Beckham to be recalled to the England squad.

Some fans praised Beckham's performance in a deep lying central midfield role but others were less complimentary.

Leading French sports newspaper L'Equipe gave him just three out of ten in their ratings, the lowest of any player on the pitch.

I have to admit, having missed the starting line ups it took me quite a while to actually realise Beckham was playing such was his lack of involvement, as Barca dominated possession as you would expect.

Apart from a couple of long balls the former Manchester United star was hardly mentioned and was eventually substituted after around 70 minutes.

Of course PSG done alright, getting a 2-2 draw at home did salvage pride but will surely not be enough to see them survive a second leg at the Nou Camp, even if Messi won't be playing.

Beckham's time in the US, playing in a mickey mouse league has unfortunately seen his powers wane and despite a lack of talent in the England squad there can be no way back now.

Had Beckam stayed playing at a high level these past few years, as the likes of Ryan Giggs has done, perhaps his chances would have been increased but his years in the MLS have made a recall one step too far.


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