Blissett: Becks must stay in Milan

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Former AC Milan striker Luther Blissett believes the San Siro is the only place for David Beckham to be if he wants to board the plane to the 2010 World Cup.

Beckham, 33, is on loan at Milan and wants to stay in Italy rather than return to play for Los Angeles Galaxy - and Blissett feels that will benefit the midfielder in terms of fitness and the standard of football.

The ex-England striker said: "There is no doubt that the league in America is nowhere near to the level you need to be playing at if you want to play for your country at the highest level."

He added: "There is a massive tactical and technical side to the game in Serie A. It is a major part of football in Italy and that can only be a benefit to David Beckham if he is able to maintain his position in the England squad.

"There will be a lot he can bring to the squad if he is selected, especially on a tactical level. He's playing with some of the best players in the world at the moment - he's going to be tested every week."

Beckham has so far been a squad member for England in their qualifiers as they attempt to reach the finals in two years' time - and Blissett insists he will still have plenty to contribute should England seal a place in South Africa.

"His delivery and passing will be there and he will also be a little bit more thoughtful and his experience will show more," he said.

"He's obviously spoken to a lot of people about it and the whole reason for him to want to go there, and stay there for this season and next, is to be in a much better position to say to the England manager that he's available."

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