It may be a match between two of the world's foremost footballing nations, but the game between France and England has been somewhat overshadowed with the news that David Beckham, who is stuck on 99 caps for the Three Lions, has been named by his former boss Fabio Capello in a provisional 30-man squad for Wednesday's friendly.

The midfielder was omitted from the Italian's first squad, for February's 2-1 friendly win over Switzerland, but the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star was watched by Capello's assistant Franco Baldini in a friendly for Los Angeles Galaxy in Dallas at the weekend and obviously did enough to convince him over his fitness.

Capello explained: "I always said that when David was fit he could be in the squad. I have had good reports on him from Franco, who watched him on Saturday night, and also from his club. I know a lot about David Beckham and what he can offer the team."

Meanwhile, LA Galaxy's general manager Alexi Lalas is hopeful for the midfielder and has no questions over his fitness: "David has played in all our pre-season games. He is healthy, excited and motivated.

"Every player wants to be called up on merit. As significant as it is to get your 100th cap, this is a situation where Fabio Capello is calling in a great player to help him with the task in hand. Hopefully he will get his 100th cap against France then come back to the US and continue with LA Galaxy as we start our season."

But the question is: is this a decision based on sentiment or on merit? Does David Beckham deserve to win his 100th cap for England - and join an elite band which includes just Peter Shilton, Bobby Moore, Sir Bobby Charlton and Billy Wright?

Or, based on his ability, should he remain on 99 caps?

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