David Beckham turns down international send-off

Do you think he should’ve been offered one in the first place?


Goldenballs has formally turned down Fabio Capello‘s offer of an England farewell match, pretty much closing the book on his Three Lions career.

According to The Sun‘s Shaun Custis, Becks could have been given his swansong in next month’s friendly against France, providing LA Galaxy had already been knocked out of the MLS Playoffs – a pretty big ‘if’ for a team currently riding high at the top of the league.

However, the 35-year-old is apparently “not interested in officially bringing the curtain down on his England career”.

The sentimental cap-giveaway that marked the last games of Beckham’s career was a hugely divisive issue amongst England fans.

Some might argue his international life died with the country’s Euro 2008 qualifying campaign, others that his continued messianic presence was necessary in a team otherwise led by feckless or uninspiring managers.

Do YOU reckon Sir Becks deserves his own farewell game?

8 responses so far
  • Fat Nakago // October 15, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Certainly Becks deserves a farewell game….but not one imposed upon him by the nitwit Fabio Capello.

  • MwepuLlunga // October 15, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Shows that Beckham was always more interested in the footballing side of things than anything else. Ironically despite hype surrounding him from tabloids etc. he’ll go down as one of the most under rated players of his generation. He’s not as good as ‘people’ think he is but he’s not far off.

  • Moon // October 15, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    What kind of question is this? David Beckham is one of few footballers who DESERVES to get a proper farewell, but certainly not A FORCED one, like Capello is doing now or McLaren tried before, only to call him back in shame! And the question of whether he deserve or not is wrong actually..coz it’s his RIGHT to get a very, very proper send-off after what he did on and off the pitch for England!

  • Jay // October 16, 2010 at 12:26 am

    Not in the way it was presented – ie: we are going to try to retire you, do you want a farewell match?
    Hardly what the man deserves – I am sure it will pain him to turn it down, but he may have the last laugh over Capello yet…

  • paul // October 16, 2010 at 7:30 am

    Why should Beckham get a farewell game because alot better England players than him in the past never did.

  • jay // October 16, 2010 at 9:11 am

    …because Paul, the man has played in more England matches than ANY OTHER outfield player. Despite Prima-Dona ‘retirements’ by other international players, Beckham has a desire to play for his country. He’s not maybe the ‘best’ in terms of skill or goals, but he is the most dedicated footballer of his generation.

  • Hitler // October 16, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Yes, I remember that desire when he deliberately got himself booked against Wales because he didn’t want to play in the next game – away to Azerbaijan.

    That was desire all right. Desire not to play for the country you love because they have a shitty away trip coming up that you didn’t fancy.

    So he got booked on purpose. What an ambassador for football. What a role model.

    What a cunt.

  • Stephen // October 17, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Beckham? Super patriot? Man of unrelenting England passion and desire? Yeah really? That’s why hes living an ocean apart in LA-LA land chasing the U.S Dollar with wifey whilst trying to break the much larger consumer frenzied U.S mass market so that he/she can sell their over priced perfume, jeans, sunglasses etc at extortionate prices.

    Oh and England? Desperate to play to sustain Brand Beckham greed, profits, marketability, spin offs and self publicity? Self serving greedy prat !

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