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LA Galaxy's Beckham to start for England

Beckham's move to America to play for LA Galaxy has raised concerns about his fitness and the level of performance he can achieve, with the MLS seen as being at a lower level of quality compared to European leagues.

The former England captain has made two substitute appearances and played in a pro-celebrity game since returning to fitness.

"He's always kept himself fit but Friday's game is important for him," said Steve McClaren, who will not risk Shaun Wright-Phillips for the whole game, despite the winger returning to training after an ankle injury.

Frank Lampard's recent form for Chelsea has won him his recall and McClaren added: "It's a friendly, so I'm looking at different personnel.

"Gareth Barry has performed excellently in the last three games but Frank's form since he has come back from injury has been a revelation - he has played some of the best football I've seen him play."

And, although the 22-year-old Scott Carson - who is on loan at Aston Villa from Liverpool - will start, it is likely Robinson will return for the game against Croatia.

"Scott Carson has been around the squad for a long time," said the England boss.

"He had a busy summer in the Under-21 tournament and his performances for Aston Villa have been very, very good.

"The game will be an ideal opportunity for him to experience international football."

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