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England Coach to Visit Becks

In spite of a long injury layoff and a move to MLS, former England captain David Beckham remains in Steve McClaren's plans -- so much so, that the England coach is planning a visit to the U.S. to see David and assess the level of play in the American league, according to the Toronto Star. McClaren arrives in Washington on Thursday to watch the L.A. Galaxy play D.C. United, although Beckham is unlikely play due to an injury he sustained while playing for England. The match will be televised live on ESPN2.

"I know David has been struggling with injury and has not played yet but I intend to go over and have a chat with him to see how he is," McClaren told reporters in London yesterday, adding, "I definitely need to speak with his coach [Frank Yallop] and the director of football [Alexi Lalas] as well." Equally important, the England coach said, will be the opportunity to witness an MLS game first-hand. "A lot of people have been writing things about the standard of football over there," he said. "But I need to see it myself and make that judgment rather than other people."

Beckham is still likely to miss the Aug. 22 friendly against Germany, although the next Euro 2008 qualifying match for England isn't until Sept 8. As yet it's uncertain when the 32-year-old will make his full MLS debut. Over the weekend, the player said he was 7-10 days away from being match fit, which means McClaren won't likely see him play while he's in town.

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