McClaren: Beckham's England career set to end
That's the opinion of former Three Lions boss Steve McClaren, who said: "I think it will be difficult for him, at his age and this stage of his career, to maintain the required level of fitness and performance required for international football by playing in America.
Explaining for the first time his decisions to drop and then recall Beckham, McClaren added: 'I had to try to freshen things up. I needed to try to find a core of players who would get us by the hurdles which had prevented progress in the past.
"That meant a new captain and a nucleus of players - the likes of John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney, Michael Owen and Owen Hargreaves - and also introducing younger players with a bit of pace.
"But the biggest thing was I saw the emergence of Hargreaves during the World Cup as very significant. I envisaged a midfield of Gerrard on the right, Hargreaves, Lampard and Joe Cole, with the younger lads creating healthy competition for places.
"I also felt it would be insulting to someone of Beckham's stature and reputation to put him on the bench. He had been such a great player he deserved better than that."