Clarence Seedorf has backed David Beckham to make England’s squad for the 2010 World Cup finals.
Beckham, who was controversially given the man of the match award in England’s last game against Belarus, will be 35 before the competition gets under way in South Africa next year.
He’s currently playing in the MLS for LA Galaxy but is expected to join up again with Seedorf on loan at AC Milan during the American off season.
Speaking to the BBC, Seedorf said:
There should not be any discussion for anybody in England about taking David to what will most probably be his last World Cup.
His will to perform and still play for the national team is very big.
He showed that here with Milan and he will definitely show it again once he’s back, there is no doubt about that.
He was already a great help last year. I’m very happy that he will be back again as we also became friends. We all know Beckham. The most important thing is that he is going to bring a lot of professionalism and personality with his game.
His specific qualities are well known but what we need in a team of AC Milan players are those who are not afraid to play the big games and not afraid to take responsibility – and David is such a player.
Spoken like a true professional. A very honorable and modest thing to say