Hodgson plays down England return for Beckham
The French club confirmed Thursday they have signed former England captain Beckham, a free agent since leaving the Los Angeles Galaxy in November, on a five-month deal. His return to European football led to speculation that Beckham, who made his name at Manchester United before moving to Real Madrid and who also had two loan spells at AC Milan, could add to his tally of 115 caps, the record for an England outfield player.
However, the 37-year-old Beckham has not played for England since 2009 and has never been selected by Hodgson. And given Hodgson has effectively called time on the England career of defender Rio Ferdinand, three years younger than his former Manchester United teammate, Beckham's immediate prospects of further international football appear slim at best.
"When did (Beckham) last play for the national team?" said Hodgson on Thursday after announcing his squad for next week's Wembley friendly against the next FIFA World Cup™ hosts, Brazil.
"I don't think he has been plotting a return to the national team," added Hodgson. "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. David made up his mind a while ago what he wanted to do with his life."
But the England boss wished Beckham well in his latest move: "David is a footballing icon, not only in this country but all over the world," Hodgson 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."