Beckham pulls out of England squad

David Beckham has been forced to withdraw from the England squad to face Brazil in Doha next week after LA Galaxy reached the Major League Soccer Western Conference final.

The Galaxy secured a 1-0 win over Houston Dynamo on Friday thanks to a Landon Donovan penalty which gave the Los Angeles club a 3-2 win on aggregate over the two legs. The victory means that Beckham & Co. are just one game away from the MLS Cup final.

While Goldenballs' withdrawal from Fabio Capello's squad for next week's friendly shouldn't damage his World Cup chances it looks as if Michael Owen's dreams of playing in South Africa are over.

The Manchester United striker was once again omitted by Capello who instead chose to call up Sunderland's Darren Bent.

Elsewhere Stephen Warnock's good run of form has been rewarded with an international call up. With Ashley Cole injured and his understudy Wayne Bridge out of sorts at Manchester City, the former Liverpool defender could play himself into contention for a squad place next summer.

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