Monday, October 20, 2008

Beckham On Loan Spells to Arsenal??

David Beckham is considering a winter loan move back to European football in a bid to continue his international career and overtake World Cup captain Bobby Moore's record of 108 England caps.

Manager Fabio Capello has told The Mail on Sunday that Beckham will be dropped from England's squad for the international friendly against Spain in February. By then the season in the United States, where Beckham plays for LA Galaxy, will be over and Capello will ignore him if he is not playing competitive football.
Fabio Capello

Beckham, 33, is weighing up whatever options would allow him to play on during the winter and retain his place in Capello's squad. A spokesman for Beckham said: 'In the next few weeks we will have an idea what David is doing in January and February.'

Although Capello is happy to award Beckham his 108th cap against Germany next month, which would equal Moore's record for an outfield player, he insists that Beckham will be axed from the squad for the friendly against Spain in February.

Capello said: 'For the next game Beckham can play. Whether he will play, I don't know. But for the game against Spain he won't play. He will not be in the squad.' Beckham, who was revealed yesterday as one of the FA's ambassadors for their 2018 World Cup bid, is attempting to help LA Galaxy prolong their season beyond the end of this month by making the Major Soccer League play-offs.
David Beckham

But, after a disappointing campaign, that seems unlikely and Beckham's only scheduled competitive club football in the next four months would be tour matches in Australia and New Zealand.

Beckham, who will have to clear any moves back to Europe with LA Galaxy's owners, the Anschutz Entertainment Group, is likely to train with Arsenal, as he did last year. But training alone was not enough to earn Beckham a place in Capello's first squad in February and Premier League rules state that any loan period for a player from abroad has to run from the beginning of the transfer window until the opening of the next transfer window.
David Beckham

That effectively rules him out of playing on loan for Arsenal's first team as the transfer period would have to run from January until June, which LA Galaxy would not allow.

Beckham could play for Arsenal's reserves but Capello would be satisfied only by first-team action.

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