Wednesday 13 December 2017

Beckham given England role

Jason Burt and Simon Hart

David Beckham has joined Fabio Capello's coaching staff and will be on the training pitches in South Africa during England's World Cup finals campaign.

Today, the 35-year-old former England captain will hand over the bid book for England's attempt to secure the 2018 World Cup, but his role in this summer's tournament has now been agreed after he was given a medical all-clear.

Capello was determined that Beckham would have a meaningful role and he will now be a coach and sit on the bench, helping the manager. Beckham has been given the go-ahead by his surgeon to step up his rehabilitation from the snapped Achilles tendon he suffered and Capello is keen for him to work with the younger ones in the squad especially.

Beckham will also continue to build on his own fitness while at England's training camp in Rustenburg, having been satisfied that adequate facilities are in place.

The injured midfielder will be in Zurich to present England's bid to Fifa president Sepp Blatter and will also -- according to the rules -- outline in 60 seconds why he thinks the World Cup should be hosted by the Football Association.

Irish Independent

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