13 Aug 2010

West Ham keen to throw Beckham football lifeline

5:57 am on 13 August 2010

The English Premier League club West Ham believe they can rescue David Beckham from the football scrapheap onto which the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star was controversially dumped by England coach Fabio Capello.

The 35-year-old, England's most capped outfield player, was told by Capello that he was too old to be considered for the forthcoming Euro 2012 qualifiers.

But West Ham have insisted that the midfielder, whose still playing for the Los Angeles Galaxy, could have a crucial ambassadorial role in the club's hopes of playing in the Olympic stadium once the 2012 London Games are finished.

West Ham co-chairman David Gold said there is an open invitation for Beckham to join the club either on loan as a player or for him to be a club ambassador.