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Hodgson not expecting Beckham to return for England
10:39am Friday 1st February 2013 in Sport
ROY HODGSON is not expecting David Beckham’s high-profile move to Paris St Germain will herald a return to the England fold.
After quitting the Los Angeles Galaxy in November, Beckham has now returned to Europe and yesterday joined the cash-rich PSG bandwagon under Carlo Ancelotti.
Immediately questions were raised about the potential for Beckham, who won the last of his 115 England caps in 2009, returning to the international arena.
It seems a fanciful notion given Hodgson has never selected Beckham and has already turned his back on Rio Ferdinand, who at 34 is three years his former Manchester United team-mate’s junior.
While the boss did not categorically rule it out, it is clear Hodgson is not anticipating having to select Beckham at any point in the future.
“When did he last play for the national team?” said Hodgson.
“I don’t think he has been plotting a return to the national team.
“I have spoken to him on a number of occasions. Maybe at some point he will pull me aside and tell me not to forget him even though he has not played for so long.
“I am not really prepared for that.
“David made up his mind a while ago what he wanted to do with his life.”
Hodgson did concede the move to PSG was ‘‘fantastic’’ for Beckham, and it is clear he holds the midfielder in high regard.
‘‘David is a footballing icon, not only in this country but all over the world,’’ he said.
‘‘He is one of the most recognisable footballers anywhere.
‘‘We are perfectly aware of who he is, what he is and what he has done. All I can do is wish him all the best.
‘‘Let’s hope he can be as big a success at PSG as he has been everywhere else.’’ Beckham’s public image is in marked contrast to that of Ashley Cole, 32, who on Wednesday will join him in the exclusive “100 club” by becoming its seventh member when he turns out in Wednesday’s Wembley friendly against Brazil.
It is difficult for anyone to separate Cole’s brilliance as a footballer with the number of ill-advised scrapes he has managed to get into.
Yet Hodgson prefers to judge the Chelsea man over his own nine-month tenure as England boss.
‘‘Reaching 100 matches is an incredible milestone. He deserves an enormous pat on the back,’’ said Hodgson.
‘‘He has been a pleasure to work with and a really good professional.
‘‘He is a two-club man and not a player that has flitted from club to club to get a slightly better contract.
“I judge people on how I find them.
“He is a very serious footballer and a very nice person to deal with on the footballing front.
‘‘He is a shy person. He prefers his football to do the talking and is quite happy for people to judge him on that basis.”