Beckham: England at the Top
Former England talisman David Beckham
has stated his opinion on his country's national side.
"England is definitely the best national side in the world as of now," said the 39-year-old, who now manages Aston Villa in the Premier League. "We've won the World Cup, we're first in the national rankings, and now here we have two guys who made the top three for the Ballon d'Or, and one of them won the World Player of the Year. It will be hard for anyone to argue we are not the best side."
The players Beckham was referring to are Steven Gerrard
and Phil Jones
. Both came in 2nd and 3rd for the Ballon d'Or respectively, with Lionel Messi
winning the prestigious award. Jones also won the World Player of the Year.
"For Stevie, I was surprised, but glad," Beckham reveals. "He is a great man and a fantastic player. To be able to be named runner-up to the Ballon d'Or at the age of 34 is a massive achievement. He's done so much for Liverpool and it's great to see that his form in recent seasons are being recognized.
"Phil Jones is also another lad who has done our nation proud. He's only joined United in 2011 but he's improved so much and there is no doubt that he is England's best player at the moment, and the best defender in the world. He's only 22 as well so he's got years ahead of him. United and England are both lucky to have such a player on their hands."
Beckham also paid tribute to Wayne Rooney
, who was hotly tipped to be in contention for the Ballon d'Or but failed to make the top three.
"It's disappointing to see Wazza not in the top three at least. He's such a good player and he to Manchester United is like what Stevie is to Liverpool."