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David Beckham: Should He Stay with Galaxy or Return to England?

Alex Tustain@alex_tustainContributor ISeptember 6, 2011

Beckham with new Galaxy signing Robbie Keane
Beckham with new Galaxy signing Robbie KeaneHarry How/Getty Images

Over recent weeks, speculation has begun to bubble in English newspapers over whether David Beckham will renew his contract with L.A. Galaxy—continuing to enjoy playing football in America but also not expecting a call from England manager Fabio Capello anytime soon.

Or he could take the biggest gamble of his career, return to England and try to force his way back into the national fold.

As it stands, come November, David Beckham will be without a football club, his multi-million pound flagship contract with L.A. Galaxy comes to an end and football's golden boy has a huge decision to make.

It seems highly unlikely that Bruce Arena would let one of his prize possessions go, but it may come down to whether David Beckham still has the passion to play in the U.S.

In the MLS offseason, Beckham, along with other players such as Landon Donovan, have migrated to England in search of fitness and a new stage to work on.

However, while Donovan enjoyed a successful spell at Everton, Beckham is much happier to stay on the training pitches and go about his work quietly. These training pitches belong to Tottenham Hotspur, and Beckham may take some of the credit for the recent Galaxy signing, ex-Spurs forward Robbie Keane—but that is beside the point.

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This spell with Tottenham could just be seen as a superb professional attempt by one of the game's greatest to stay at the highest level, but it could also be seen as Beckham being desperate to experience English football again.

It is obvious to any England national team fan that Beckham is desperate to play for his country again. It is also obvious is that the England fans would welcome him with open arms and an inevitable standing ovation.

It can be argued that no player has given more over the past 12 years for his country, and the final display of this passion could be a cut-price, low-wages move to a Premiership club in order to prove his worth to Capello's men.

On the other hand, David Beckham has always been a firm believer in the project that he started with the astronomic move he completed five years ago. In fairness to the Brit, he has worked hard to raise the profile of the game and to attract some big names to the States—most recently the previously-mentioned Keane.

It has even been mentioned in the past that it was written into his agreement with the Galaxy that should he choose to own his own MLS franchise, this could be arranged. However, this is unconfirmed.

Beckham's full and wholehearted commitment to both the MLS and (more importantly) his club is unquestionable, and it seems preposterous that a call from a team like Queens Park Rangers, the latest team to be subjected to a huge takeover and an instant influx of money, is likely to drag Beckham away from the sun, celebrities and success that seems to be on its way to L.A.

However, a call from Tottenham, or even (dare I say it) Manchester United could convince the Beckhams to return to England.

Any England fan would love to see Beckham back in the national team, but any football fan should want him to stay in America, finish what he started and not lower himself to Queens Park Rangers (no offence meant).

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