Beckham's injury is yet more bad news for Steve McClaren and England, who will be without several key players for its crucial Euro 2008 qualifiers against Israel and Russia on Sept. 8 and 12. Wayne Rooney, Peter Crouch, Kieron Dyer and possibly Steven Gerrard are also set to miss the matches.
Prior to his injury, Beckham told reporters that if England qualifies for Euro 2008 in Austria and Switzerland, he would be in a better position than other players both physically and mentally, as the championship comes during mid-season in MLS rather than at the end of the nine-month long European campaign. "That is a big advantage of being in the USA, where the fixture calendar is different. It's also the advantage of the shorter season from April to October here," Beckham said. "If we make it to the finals, I will be a lot fresher going into games."