Fabio Capello: "Beckham Must Return to Europe By December"

Richard MesquitaContributor IAugust 10, 2009

CARSON, CA - JULY 19:  David Beckham #23 of Los Angeles Galaxy plays the ball during the friendly soccer match against AC Milan at The Home Depot Center on July 19, 2009 in Carson, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

England’s manager Fabio Capello gave David Beckham an ultimatum: “Beckham knows well that if he doesn’t return to a big European championship in December he’ll have no chance for The World Cup,” reported Moday’s La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Returning to the English National team after proving his fitness and quality of play during his brief stint with AC Milan, Beckham has returned to the Galaxy and has not presented the same quality of football.

While in Milan, Beckham tried everything possible to remain in Italy, but the Galaxy refused to consider a transfer, almost bullying the English midfielder into honoring his contract.

The point that Capello is trying to make is very simple. If Beckham wants to continue to be a great footballer and compete on football’s greatest stage—the World Cup—he must continue to compete with great footballers. Where are they? They are in Europe. There is no question.

So it looks like David Beckham’s MLS days are numbered.