David Beckham recalled to England squadCorrection: Apologies I posted earlier today that David Beckham had departed Vancouver for Minneapolis per captions on photos of Becks passing through Vancouver airport from flynet. However, Becks attended practice with the new LA Galaxy coach Ruud Gullit, who was officially presented in LA today, and posed for photos which are in the gallery. Cobi Jones, who retired as a LA Galaxy player this season, was also presented as assistant coach, which is good news as he will be able to help Ruud Gullit acclimatize to MLS’s unique challenges.

England manager, Steve McClaren has named David Beckham in the England squad to face Austria in a friendly on Nov 16 and for England’s final Euro 2008 qualifier against Croatia on Nov 21 at Wembley. McClaren told reporters, “He’s an important player for England. He always has been over the years. I think he proved in his comeback in the summer against Brazil and Estonia he was one of our best players and unfortunately he got injured.”

“I flew out and spoke to the medical people, and the injury is fine, his fitness is fine,” McClaren said. “He hasn’t played games, but he is included in the squad because I believe with the likes of Rio Ferdinand and John Terry out of the squad we’re lacking experience and big game players. David Beckham is one of them.” Congrats to Becks! The full squad list is online here.

Becks in Minnesota

David Beckham and the LA Galaxy team departed Vancouver yesterday and headed to Minneapolis ahead of their Copa Minnesota game against the Minnesota Thunder this Sunday. There are photos of Becks passing through Vancouver International airport, where he stopped for a spot of duty-free shopping and also signed autographs for some fans, in the gallery. The game will be held at the Metrodome and will kick-off at 5.30PM local time which is 6.30PM ET and 3.30PM PT.

(Source) Becks will attend a benefit party Saturday night at Temple in downtown Minneapolis, to help out two children’s charities. Other LA Galaxy players will be there, too. Tickets can be purchased at www.metromag.com. (6-9 p.m. Sat., 1201 Harmon Pl., Mpls.)

Also, there is a good article on the new LA galaxy coach Ruud Gullit, online here, that provides more background on his experience as a Manager.

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