Hard-man Fabio Capello was quite right, of course. Even training diligently with Arsenal and having what Arsene Wenger called "the right physical and mental attitude" isn't the same as matchday experience. Nevertheless, it's hard not to feel for David Beckham, as he waits to see whether his 100 England caps will be fulfilled in one of the Summer friendlies. France is three days after Becks' first LA Galaxy game, so that's probably too early. You also have to wonder whether playing live football (sorry, 'soccer') for a team that would struggle in the English second division (sorry, 'Championship') is really so massively better than toning up in practice games with the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor. We will see.
The ideal solution, of course, would be for Goldenballs to make his century appearance against Scotland, where the Tartan Army could toast him (though not necessarily in a good way!) I'd love it to happen, and I'd love to be there; for two reasons. First, I want to see Scotland beat England, obviously. Second, and all joking aside, I have always had huge regard for Beckham. Given the fact that he swims daily in a mad universe of celebrity and money, he's stayed remarkably level-headed and decent overall. His distribution and set play skills are absolutely top-class. His work rate and determination put his more spiteful critics to shame. I really, really hope he gets his day of international recognition... with Super Faddy denying his team consolation on the pitch in the 92nd minute. Probably won't happen, though. Apparently, Capello has no interest in a Scotland fixture. Bah.