Hoddle not sold on Becks wing role

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Glenn Hoddle believes David Beckham should be handed a role in central midfield at next year's World Cup.

Beckham was controversially named man-of-the-match award for a cameo substitute appearance in Wednesday's 3-0 win against Belarus at Wembley and Hoddle would prefer to see him as a defence-splitting central midfielder rather than as an impact player supplying crosses from the right.

"I would look to play David Beckham in a more central role for his country. We've got some pace on the wings now and David's ability to pass the ball from the centre of the pitch would be an added bonus," Hoddle told BBC Radio Five Live's Sportsweek programme.

"I think he (Capello) will take David. He has proved he has a real part to play from the bench with his experience and his ability to put the ball into dangerous areas."

Hoddle also believes Michael Owen could yet prove crucial in South Africa if he can prove his fitness at Manchester United.

Owen has been largely overlooked since Capello took over and while England scored 34 goals in World Cup qualification, the most of any of the 53 European teams, Hoddle insisted: "At the top end of the pitch against the top teams in the world, I'm not sure we have the cutting edge there just relying on Wayne Rooney.

"I hope Michael Owen stays fit and has a really good season with United and gets himself in the squad because he is a proven goalscorer at that level."

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