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Steve McClaren Drops Beckham from England Squad

GA LOGO FA Steve McClaren Drops Beckham from England SquadPremiership Countdown: 8 Days to Go.

New England manager Steve McClaren has done more in 11 days than Sven Goran Eriksson did in 11 months.

Every decision he’s made thus far has been perfect. Consider what he is done in such a short amount of time:

  • Dropped Beckham. The whole world knew it, especially England fans, but Beckham has been long past his best. Other than being a free-kick expert, his output has been poor for the England side. Sure, we’ll miss him, but McClaren has made a giant leap forward with this decision.
  • Adding Terry Venables. Venables is one of those likeable characters with huge amounts of experience that players respect. As long as Venables doesn’t open his mouth too much and says something he would regret, Terry Venables.
  • Dropping Walcott to U-21 squad. Enough said.
  • Adding Ashton to the senior squad. I’m a huge admirer of Dean Ashton and a firm believer that he’s going to be a success on the international stage. He’s a fantastic instinct and clinical finish. He may need a few international matches to hit his stride, but this is a very positive step for McClaren.
  • Opening up the England training sessions. Sven limited press access to his practice sessions, which created tension between the FA and English tabloid press. McClaren’s decision to open up the training sessions is a huge PR coup.
  • Appointed John Terry captain. Although I’m a huge admirer of Steven Gerrard, I believe McClaren made the right choice with Terry by allowing the Chelsea defender to lead from the back.

What are your thoughts on the decision to drop Beckham?

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7 Responses to Steve McClaren Drops Beckham from England Squad

  1. Smudger says:

    I agree with most of your comments. I don’t know if the Ashton addition will make that much of a difference in the near, or long term; however, what it does signal is that he is open to bringing new blood into the squad

  2. Anonymous says:

    Well I have to admit, Im somewhat sad about the fact that Beckhams time with England is coming to an end. Despite the fact that its so fashionable to hate him, I think he was one of few positives from the world cup. I will admit though that McClaren is building a squad to win euro 08…not international friendlies today. In leauge play, you cant afford to ‘re-stock’…but when your season is every two years, you have to make tough decisions about the squad.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I think it was time to drop Becks. I don’t hate Becks, but it’s time to bring in Lennon & the other youngsters who could do a better job. These are the guys who will play in Euro ’08 and WC ’10, so it’s good to get them playing together early.

    Gerrard would’ve been a better skipper as he’s fantastic at motivating his teammates and changing games single-handedly, but at least he won’t have to put up with the press when things don’t go well under McClaren. Good luck to Terry & life under the microscope.

  4. The Mod says:

    Gerrard does nothing for england on a passionate side, if he did it like he was at liverpool then hed be captain. Nuff said

  5. BDB says:

    as a liverpool supported I’m pleased that gerrard hasn’t been chosen as cap’n.

  6. TheScout says:

    I’ve been an Ashton fan since his first stint in the Premiership with Norwich. I think he’s already a quality player with the potential to be even better with more experience at the elite levels. Hopefully he gets a full shot and not just a one or two game cameo.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Say what you want about Beckham (and I’m sure everyone will) but the fact remains that he turned out to be the only true goal scoring threat for England in Germany. Hopefully Lampard will find the broadside of a barn to practice shooting at before they need him to contribute in a meaningful match again.

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