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Hodgson sees Becks' appeal

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Former Inter Milan manager Roy Hodgson believes David Beckham's move to his old Italian rivals AC Milan could reap benefits for the player, the club and England.

But Hodgson would not have signed the highly-paid midfielder for his current side Fulham.

"I'm sure he will fit in well, it's an interesting signing," said much-travelled Hodgson who managed Inter between 1995 and 1997.

"I don't know the details of the loan signing but a player like David Beckham could fit in anywhere.

"He's a first-class player going to a first-class club, albeit that I prefer the one on the other side of Milan.

"I congratulate them on their coup in signing him and I'm certain it will be good for David.

"I'm sure that Milan will profit from his services and maybe even it will be good for the England national team if he is able to break into the team there, which he is quite capable of doing."

But, while talking up the benefits for all concerned, Hodgson doubts he would have taken Beckham to Craven Cottage on a short-term deal if the opportunity had come his way.

"Players who earn the sort of money that David Beckham's earning and have played at the level he's playing at, I'm not sure it's the right suggestion that we should be looking to improve our play in that way," said the Fulham boss.

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