GALAXY: England to honor Beckham
May, 25, 2012
By Scott French | ESPNLosAngeles.com
David Beckham knows where he'll be spending part of the Galaxy's two-week break for FIFA's fixture dates: back at home, collecting a major honor.
Beckham will be at Wembley Stadium a week from Saturday for England's Euro 2012 tuneup against Belgium, and he'll be one of five players fêted for making 100 senior appearances for the English national team, the Football Association announced Friday.
Beckham has won 115 caps for England, most among field players and second all-time to goalkeeper Peter Shilton (125), who also will be on hand. Beckham remains available for the English, but, at 37, it is unlikely he will make another appearance. He is hoping for an over-age spot on the unified Great Britain Olympic team this summer.
Legend Bobby Charlton (106) also will be on hand, as well as the widow of 1966 World Cup-winning captain Bobby Moore and the daughter of Billy Wright (105), who played from the 1940s into the 1960s.
All five will receive a medal and commemorative cap during a halftime ceremony.
The Galaxy plays Saturday at Houston, then has the next two weekends off from Major League Soccer duty during FIFA's first international window after the close of the European season. L.A. has a U.S. Open Cup match Tuesday at Carolina RailHawks and, if they advance, a week later at Home Depot Center against Chivas USA or the Ventura County Fusion. The club also plays an MLS Reserve League game June 2 at Portland.