Fabio Capello thinks that David Beckham is in a unique position because of his experience and the respect from his former team mates. And what better way to show that Becks is still the soul of the national team that asking him to observe players in training throughout the tournament... and report back to Capello?
David Beckham will be the right-hand man to Franco Baldini, who is Capello's key assistant. Both Italian managers have been keen to give Becks a role at the World Cup, after his Achilles injury prevented him being part of the English squad.
Beckham arrived in South Africa yesterday morning on the chartered flight, along with the players and staff, and took up his duties immediately, watching the squad undertake a gentle training session in the afternoon.