Former AC Milan striker Luther Blissett believes David Beckham must abandon Major League Soccer if he is to prolong his England career. The ex-Watford front-man says that if the LA Galaxy captain harbours any hopes of playing at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, he needs to sign a permanent deal at AC Milan. “I’d imagine it’s going to happen,” said Blissett, who played for the Rossoneri in the early-’80s, told FourFourTwo.com. “It’s in the best interests of AC Milan and David Beckham. “If he goes back to America, he’ll give 100 percent, but the standard of play will be a lot lower and Beckham needs to be testing himself against international players if he has any hopes of making the 2010 World Cup squad.” Beckham, who left Real Madrid in 2007 to join LA Galaxy, is on a two-month loan at the San Siro until March 9 and has expressed his desire to stay with the Serie A club in bid to improve his chances of playing at a fourth World Cup in 2010. And Blissett believes the Italian game is tailor-made for the England midfielder’s attributes. “He’s playing with better players than he was in LA, his fitness has improved and the pace of the game in Italy suits him,” he said. “Serie A is a lot slower than the Premier League and his technical ability is able to come to the fore. “He’s no longer the player that can charge up and down the right wing like he used to, so the Italian game is tailor made for his age and strengths.” The 51-year-old believes Milan’s training methods and professionalism would see Beckham play on for years to come. “The Italians are very professional with their approach to preparation,” said Blissett. “They don’t go flat out in training in the manner in which we do. They’re a lot more relaxed in their day-to-day approach. They’re very methodical and focused.”
1 March 2009
Luther Blissett is an ambassador for Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion campaign.
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