England's Beckham Loss Could Be Galaxy's Gain

While the 35-year-old LA Galaxy midfielder refuses to retire from the England set-up — meaning a farewell match is unlikely to happen — his thoughts are firmly on getting back on the field and putting his Achilles tendon injury behind him.

Capello’s comments that Beckham was no longer part of his England plans and his hastily announced proposal for a goodbye friendly for the former Manchester United and Real Madrid player have been met with an icy response from the Beckham camp.

The evergreen player’s rationale is a simple one — if you are not retiring, you do not have a retirement party.

The celebration Beckham wants this season is on the pitch with his Galaxy team mates at the MLS Cup final in November.

They lead the Western Conference and are all but assured of a place in the playoffs and a shot at their first title since the former England captain joined them four seasons ago.

“We’ve put ourselves in a good position, the guys have been working hard. I am looking forward to going back in there,” Beckham said after training on Wednesday.

Without any England commitments, there will be no need for him to endure gruelling transatlantic flights for friendly games and dashes back to the U.S to play for Galaxy. Reuters