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The Beckham factor

Originally Published: March 10, 2010
By Ravi Ubha | Special to ESPN.com

The debate rages in England: Should David Beckham land a ticket to South Africa? If he does, he's sure to spend most of his time on the bench.

While England boss Fabio Capello will make the final call in May, here are a few reasons Beckham, who will be 35 when the World Cup begins, should -- and shouldn't -- make the trip.

Why he should go

1. It wouldn't be a World Cup without him

A World Cup without a still-active Beckham would be like a Super Bowl without a halftime ...

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