Come in no. 7 – your time is up
I’ll admit I feel a hypocrite writing this piece. Enough column inches and airtime has already been wasted on the subject. But I really am bored by the latest instalment in the David Beckham saga.
It’s pathetic isn’t it? To call it a row is to dignify it with a drama and importance it utterly lacks.
But Capello should have called him first. Becks deserves better. Well, I must have missed that important piece of etiquette in the managerial equivalent of DeBrett’s.
I’m sorry, but why exactly should Capello have done that? Because he’s David sodding Beckham – whatever that means. Why should he get a call to say he’s never playing for England again? Has, say, Paul Konchevsky had the same phone call?
And exactly how many caps do you have to get before you’re entitled to one of these special phone calls? Maybe there’s a sliding scale. Between 0-30 caps you just get a letter from the FA. From 30-75 you get a text from Stuart Pearce. After that you get the privilege of a phone call informing you that you’re surplus to requirements.
The fact is David Beckham is a 35-year-old crock playing in a two-bob league who’s only been used by England in occasional cameo roles.
Capello was asked a question. He made a statement of the bleeding obvious. Let’s move on.