August 13th, 2006
Beck Talk: player hating II
If there’s one thing we dislike here at Kickette.com, it’s player hating.
And the recent decision by new England coach, Steve McClaren, to leave David Beckham off the England squad is player hating to the fullest degree.
We’re so pissed we can’t even be bothered to edit this post correctly, so enjoy a rambling rant of epic proportions, folks.
Let’s get this straight: Steve Mclaren has access to the most successful player in English football history – a man worthy of your respect regardless of how he lives his personal life – a man who has made a name for himself worldwide, and become bigger than the game itself, an icon.
You have a consistent, loyal and extremely hardworking player who is experienced on an international level. And you have a player who, regardless of his fashion choices, contracts with sponsors and pin up fame is still hungry, and still dedicated.
But because you want to make a name for yourself as the anti-Sven Goran Erikkson, and want to usher in the “new era” of football, you leave David Beckham off your squad for this week’s game in Greece. Or, possibly because you’re a big meanie that feels like he’s got the biggest balls in the world because he axed “Golden Balls”.
It’s player hating folks, pure and simple.
Surely if you have a player who is getting older, but has years of experience and has just finished captaining his country, he would finish his international career slowly, gradually fading out, playing the odd game, coming in as a sub, perhaps?
David was 6 games short of reaching 100 caps, (and becoming only the 5th British player to do so). He was desperate to at least have that honour.
The British public have always been a fickle bunch when it comes to David Beckham – it’s a thin line between love and hate after all. Many are championing the decision. What would they be saying if David and the team had won the World Cup?
Oh, what do we care – David’s upset, we’re upset. And shoot, we don’t know enough about football to write with any authority anyway.
Where does this leave David now? We are heartbroken because he is heartbroken. Football is his life, his passion and all he knows how to do (aside from sending text messages like a pro). He is left with the humiliation of being made to suffer a punishment he did not earn.
And why? Because he’s fine. And rich. And did we mention he’s foine? And he is in need of comforting. And lord knows Kickette’s editors have the shoulders for him to cry on. As soon as the restraining order is lifted, we will be offering them to him.
Also left off the squad: David James and Sol Campbell.