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Beckham not up to it - Kev; Keegan doubts star's Prem credentials.

Byline: BEN RUMSBY

KEVIN KEEGAN has cast doubt on David Beckham's hopes of making another England comeback or even coping with a return to the Barclays Premier League.

Beckham is still waiting to discover whether Los Angeles Galaxy would allow him to go to Europe on loan until the Major League Soccer season begins in March.

Tottenham are heavy favourites to land the former England captain if he is given the all-clear for a move he hopes will help him build up his match fitness and prolong his international career.

But former manager Keegan, who awarded Beckham 16 of his 115 caps more than a decade ago, believes the 35-year-old will struggle to impress if he returns to the Premier League.

"Playing for England again, playing back in the Premier League, that'd be a big ask, I think," Keegan said.

Keegan does believe, however, that Beckham has much to offer his country behind the scenes, despite the Football Association last night denying they were lining him up as a coach when Fabio Capello steps down as manager.

"Can he be a coach? Of course he can," Keegan said.

"He's a bright guy, he's worldly, he knows how to communicate with people, he's got vast experience. David Beckham can be anything he wants to be.

"If he wants to be a manager, that's fine."

Steve McManaman, who played alongide Beckham in the England side managed by Keegan as well as briefly being his team-mate at Real Madrid, believes the midfielder could still break back into Capello's plans.

"If he comes to England and he performs fantastically well and he influences games like he can do, I think it'll only be a positive," McManaman said. "We'll wait and see whether he does come and ply his trade back in the Premier League."

Indeed, McManaman doubts whether a loan move to Spurs will actually happen.

"Harry Redknapp said exactly the right thing yesterday. It's a loan deal within a loan deal, which is the problem for a lot of Premier League clubs."

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
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Date:Jan 7, 2011
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