Beckham gives Macca a problem
Wed 21 Feb, 02:15 PM
England coach Steve McClaren admits he has been 'given a problem' by former captain David Beckham's return to form.The 31-year-old midfielder appeared set for months on the sidelines with Real Madrid after coach Fabio Capello claimed he would never play for the club again following his decision to join the Los Angeles Galaxy this summer.
However, he has forced his way back into their first team and has produced a string of fine performances.
Beckham, sent off against Real Betis at the weekend, set up two goals as Real won a thrilling Champions League last-16 first-leg clash against Bayern Munich last night.
"It gives me a problem, one of the problems you welcome," McClaren told Sky Sports News.
"He's being professional and performing well for his club - obviously that's a problem I would rather have than not have. It's interesting."
McClaren added: "The reaction from every adversity he's ever gone through in his career, he's always bounced back and been professional and got on with his job.
"It's pleasing to see that a month ago he would never play for Real Madrid again and there he is starring in a game against Bayern Munich and being man of the match."
Beckham's upturn in form has led to a clamour for his recall to the national side, which he captained until their exit from last summer's World Cup.
Now he could be considered for a recall in next month's Euro 2008 qualifiers against Israel and Andorra.