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Danny Mills Sparks Debate Over Raheem Sterling And David Beckham Discussion

Ryan Sidle

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Danny Mills Sparks Debate Over Raheem Sterling And David Beckham Discussion

Danny Mills has caused a great debate after claiming that he would pick Raheem Sterling over a 'prime' David Beckham in the current England squad.

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Sterling has become one of the most important players in Gareth Southgate's England team, so much so that the Three Lions boss was even willing to change his selection rules for the Manchester City forward.

His goals helped England into their first final in 55 years last summer, and fans are still wondering what might have happened at the 2018 World Cup if only Harry Kane had passed him the ball.

And former England right back Mills thinks that Sterling's form for his country means that he'd even get in the team ahead of Beckham, when the former Manchester United man was at the peak of his powers.

"It is a difficult one, but I'm going with Raheem Sterling," the former Leeds United defender told talkSPORT.

"Only on the basis that I don't know where Becks fits into the current way of playing.

"Raheem Sterling has loads of pace, runs in behind, and plays high on the right-hand side.

"That wouldn't be Becks' position."

Fans weren't too impressed with Mills' opinion, with one of them saying, "Beckham was a true world class footballer. A once in a generation player.

"The only reason there a debate here is due to time passing since we all saw him in his prime, and because he wasn't the 'box to box' midfielder."

Another added, "Becks 3 times the player of Raheem and I like Sterling as a player but Becks was phenomenal on and off the ball. Great team player and can come up with some magic at times!!"

A third contributor suggested both men would play for Southgate's team, adding, "They'd both play.

"Becks wouldn't play as part of a front 3. He'd play as the right side of a midfield 3 and had all the attributes to it.

"Work rate was as good as anyone with a passing range to match. They wouldn't be competing for the same position."

Only two men have played more international games for England. Image: PA Images
Only two men have played more international games for England. Image: PA Images

There was another who liked the idea of Beckham in central midfield, a position he was initially expected to play for Manchester United, adding, "Beckham could be playing a Pirlo role in the centre of mid if he was playing now. He was world class and you'd make room regardless."

Another pointed out that England have the perfect man for Becks to play with, saying, "You got Harry Kane in that team one of the best finishers in the game who else would you want putting crosses in to the box? Becks all day!"

Basically the fans aren't too convinced by what Mills had to say on the subject, and it's no slight on Sterling in the slightest.

Beckham was so good that Gary Neville even prefered playing with him over Cristiano Ronaldo, but then they are best mates in fairness.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: David Beckham, England, Raheem Sterling

Ryan Sidle
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