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Beckham's ambitions lie outside MLS

David Beckham may be ready to consider a U-turn and return to the Premier League in order to play again for England and win his 116th cap.

Beckham has always maintained that he would never play for one of Manchester United's domestic rivals, but it is becoming clear that, to catch Fabio Capello's eye, the former England captain needs to be playing at the top level again at the age of 35.

His club, LA Galaxy, would be most reluctant to agree to another loan deal in January, after their prize asset returned injured from his last spell at AC Milan. But Beckham might be happy to accept a compromise three-month loan spell back in England, although he might also have options in Spain and Italy.

The Leytonstone boy might consider Tottenham Hotspur now that they are firing in the Champions League, and that level of football would encourage Capello to re-think his decision to draw an end to Beckham's international career.

Beckham's performance in creating both goals as Galaxy beat Seattle Sounders 2-1 on Sunday to earn a place in Major League Soccer's Western Conference final against FC Dallas, was watched by Capello's inner circle of advisors, and they were impressed. But they still think he needs to be playing at a higher level than the MLS.

Beckham showed off his specialist dead-ball credentials when whipping in a corner that was headed in by USA international striker Edson Buddle, before later delivering a free-kick that defender Omar Gonzalez headed past Sounders keeper Kasey Keller. Beckham also went close to a goal himself with a trademark free-kick which curled just wide.

But as yet there is still no way back to England for the veteran, who rejected Capello's offer to appear against France in a "farewell" game, as he has still left the door open for a proper return.

The question is whether Capello wants him again. For the time being, Capello will give some of the young wingers their chance against France, where there might even be a call up for Wolves wide man Matt Jarvis.

Beckham was out for six months with an Achilles injury, only returning in September. "His return from injury has been phenomenal, for him to be playing like this is fantastic," said Galaxy coach Bruce Arena.

Like Michael Owen, there appears no way back to the Three Lions set up for Beckham unless he proves himself at the highest level, and reaching the MLS final might persuade Capello to think again.

Unlike Owen, Beckham is proving his fitness, as well as his form, but the England coach is unimpressed by the standard of football in the United States.

With Beckham making such a good recovery, he might be persuaded to try his luck again in Europe, if he felt there was still a possibility of an England return.


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