David Beckham is a man that needs no introduction around the world. A man that can single-handedly turn a team's shirt sales, into a phenomenal cash cow. But has his 'celebrity' status been the product of his own down fall?
When David Beckham left Manchester United for Real Madrid in 2003, he was the golden boy of English football. His image and popularity as a 'pin up' of the modern game preceded him across the globe, a reputation that has continued to increase with every ball kicked, photo shot, and question answered. But has this been used against him by the managers of our international and Olympic set ups, in recent team selections?
Beckham has been on the receiving end of some controversial bench selections in his international career, (think Glenn Hoddle at the 1998 World Cup finals). There doesn't seem to be any footballing reasons for these snubs, I believe this is simply the managers way of commanding 'respect'. Saying 'Right, I'm in charge here and I don't adhere to the rules.'
Which rules? The one that states Beckham as one of English football's greatest ever exports? Or the one that proves him to be a hot transfer prospect for most of Europe's elite, at the age of 37?
Beckham has moved around Europe's footballing giants, playing pivotal roles in gold rush seasons at Real Madrid, Milan and now aspiring to do the same with PSG. Amongst all that, his impact in the MLS has seen football, or 'soccer', gain massive popularity in the United States. Propelling the MLS to be one of their most populated sporting events in recent times.
So as an around the globe ambassador for the English game, why are the FA's yes men so quick to discard his services?
To me it seems as though it's the flawed English mentality of wanting to bring a man down to earth if he dares to be 'flying too high'. Or simply a faltering managers decision to 'go against the grain' in order to make a bold, shock impact on his managerial arrival. An impact that as far as I am aware, the majority of England and Olympic fans seem to disagree with.
His snub by Olympic coach Stuart Pearce, who left him out of the Olympic squad in 2012, was the final nail in the coffin for me. Having admired Pearce's handling of the England Under 21 team, I was disappointed he chose the same route of controversy and shock tactics that other managers have shown since Beckham's rise in the game. Unfortunately, proving himself to be another coach seeking his opportunity to, 'leave out Beckham'.
Beckham undoubtedly still has the quality, and the experience to do a job in the international set up. Whether it's coaching, playing or mentoring, David Beckham, in my opinion, simply has to be involved. Yes, we are in desperate need of young blood. But to produce these young starlets, what better mentor than Beckham for them to look up to and learn from? In my opinion, it's simply what this England football fanatic, fully deserves.
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