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Tim Cahill wanted on loan by Sunderland, QPR, Tottenham and Newcastle

Premier League clubs queue up to sign Red Bulls star Cahill on-loan in January

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12:42 GMT, 10 December 2012

A number of Barclays Premier League clubs are in the hunt to sign former Everton midfielder Tim Cahill on loan from New York Red Bulls in January.

Last month the 33-year-old said he was keen to come back to England on a short-term deal when the Major League Soccer season had ended.

A return to Goodison Park seemed his most likely destination but Sunderland, Newcastle, Tottenham and QPR are also interested in signing the Australia international.

Star in New York: Tim Cahill moved to the Red Bulls in the summer

Star in New York: Tim Cahill moved to the Red Bulls in the summer

Cahill had huge success at Everton after signing from Millwall in 2004, scoring 56 goals in 226 games, before leaving this summer to join the Red Bulls.

He played 14 matches, scoring once, as the MLS club finished third in the Eastern Conference to reach the play-offs, where they were knocked out by DC United.

Wanted man: Cahill was a key player for Everton during his years at Goodison Park

Wanted man: Cahill was a key player for Everton during his years at Goodison Park

If he returns to the Premier League Cahill will be following the likes of Los Angeles Galaxy stars Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane, who have spent time on loan at Everton (twice) and Aston Villa respectively, and Red Bulls team-mate Thierry Henry who went back to Arsenal last year.

David Beckham hailed by his peers as LA Galaxy stint ends

Goodbye America, it's been magical! Beckham hailed by his peers after dazzling USA

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23:23 GMT, 2 December 2012

How do you know when you’ve made it in America Public endorsements from national icons certainly do not do any harm.

‘David Beckham, thank you for making pro soccer relevant in the USA,’ tweeted Magic Johnson, the former LA Lakers basketball star in the run-up to his neighbour’s final game in the MLS on Saturday afternoon.

Beckham is not short of famous friends in California. On Friday he told how he recently called up Michael Jordan for a restaurant recommendation during a visit to Chicago. This, over the last six years, has gradually become the life of the former England captain.

Family party: David Beckham shares the glory with his sons Brooklyn Beckham, Cruz Beckham and Romeo Beckham

Family party: David Beckham shares the glory with his sons Brooklyn Beckham, Cruz Beckham and Romeo Beckham

Paying tribute: Beckham was much loved by the Galaxy fans

Paying tribute: Beckham was much loved by the Galaxy fans

Famous friends: Magic Johnson tweeted about Beckham to thank him

Famous friends: Magic Johnson tweeted about Beckham to thank him

Early on Saturday evening, though,
Beckham received a tribute from his peers that — set against the
background of his time in the States — perhaps meant more to him as he
celebrated LA Galaxy’s 3-1 Cup final victory over Houston Dynamo in the
dressing room of the Home Depot Center.

‘One more year, one more year, one
more year,’ was the spontaneous song from Beckham’s Galaxy team-mates
as he prepared to say his farewells. Quite something, that, from a group
of players who as recently as 2009 were questioning his commitment to
their cause.

Moments later Beckham sat in the press
conference next to Landon Donovan, the colleague who famously said
three years ago: ‘I can’t say he’s a good team-mate. He’s not shown
that. At a minimum you should bust your ass every day. That hasn’t
happened.’ Here, in the aftermath of victory, was Donovan’s latest take.

Fond farewell: Beckham crowned his six year spell with LA Galaxy with another MLS Cup victory, after they beat Houston Dynamo 3-1

Fond farewell: Beckham crowned his six year spell with LA Galaxy with another MLS Cup victory, after they beat Houston Dynamo 3-1

Impact: Beckham is hailed by the adoring Galaxy fans

Impact: Beckham is hailed by the adoring Galaxy fans

‘David’s demeanour earlier this season
was overwhelming,’ Donovan said. ‘All the players were saying it. We
were struggling but he simply influenced people.

‘Players bought in to what he was saying and here, months later, we have our reward.’

Donovan is a complicated character,
one currently contemplating his own future in MLS. His tribute to
Beckham, though, appeared genuine and in tune with much of what has
recently been said here about the league’s most famous player.

There will, of course, not be one more
year for the 37-year-old Beckham. He leaves America as a winner and
that will be important to him. It was the way he left Manchester United
in 2003, and Real Madrid in 2007 too. He will not be back.

Equally pertinent, though, is that he
leaves believing he has ultimately kept his side of the bargain he
struck when he arrived in LA at the relatively young age of 31.

Still got it: Beckham produced a number of superlative, hallmark passes during the final

Still got it: Beckham produced a number of superlative, hallmark passes during the final

Hair-raising: Beckham challenged Houston's Ricardo Clark to the ball

Hair-raising: Beckham challenged Houston's Ricardo Clark to the ball

Questions about his commitment, about
the sincerity of his oft-stated belief in the future of MLS, dogged his
early years in Los Angeles.

On Saturday night, though, he left the field embraced not only as an Englishman abroad but as one of the league’s very own.

This has been a difficult journey at
times. Loan spells in Milan in 2009 and 2010 raised understandable
questions about his priorities, as indeed did his early returns to
England to extend his inter-national career.

To be here on Saturday, though, was to realise that America now loves Beckham just as much as Beckham loves America.

‘If this had been a failed experience
with David then it would really have set us back as a league,’ said MLS
commissioner Don Garber. ‘But it hasn’t been. It has, in the end, been
enormously successful.’

Here's the punchline: Beckham celebrates after Omar Gonzalez had brought the match level at 1-1 early in the second half

Here's the punchline: Beckham celebrates after Omar Gonzalez had brought the match level at 1-1 early in the second half

Once upon a time, Beckham looked up
from the Home Depot field to see banners telling him to ‘go home’. It
wasn’t only Donovan who wondered where his heart and mind really lay.

On Saturday, though, the slogans pleaded: ‘Please take us with you,’ and declared: ‘David we will miss you.’

Garber added: ‘It took time for David
to find his legs here and get used to things. There were some trials and
tribulations with the loans in the early part. They created issues.

‘But we look back now and see that we
had a lot of “full-time David” and that “full-time David” over-delivered
on a lot of levels.

‘There are very few people in the world who don’t know about MLS now and that’s because David’s been here.’

As is often the case in America,
perspective is required. Off-the-field measures in MLS suggest muted
improvement during the Beckham years.

Average attendances have risen from
15,500 per match to 18,800. There are now 19 franchises in the MLS,
compared to 13 in Beckham’s first season. Television viewing figures,
meanwhile, remain fairly stagnant, with just over a million people
tuning in to watch Beckham on Saturday.

Much loved: Beckham's departure was mourned by LA Galaxy fans, who made a number of tribute banners for his farewell

Much loved: Beckham's departure was mourned by LA Galaxy fans, who made a number of tribute banners for his farewell

The great, sprawling monsters of
American football, basketball and baseball are not under any threat from
what remains a minority sport and an admission from the Galaxy on
Friday that they are targeting the Brazilian Kaka as Beckham’s
replacement in a bid to attract Hispanic TV audiences suggests some
decisions are still being made for reasons not entirely centred on
sport.

Nevertheless, it can be argued that Beckham’s presence in LA has, latterly, helped to inch the game forwards.

‘When David came here people overseas
described it as a retirement league,’ said Garber. ‘Now people can see
it’s much more competitive.’

At Home Depot on Saturday, Beckham was
feted. Win or lose, this was set up to be his day. Playing in his now
familiar deep midfield role, he passed the ball very well.

He may not be able to run like he
once could. As a football technician, though, he remains imperious and
his control over a football — his judgment of weight and distance — is
as exquisite as ever.

Joking with a team-mate last week,
Beckham likened himself to the New England Patriots quarter-back Tom
Brady, only to be told: ‘No, man, you are not that good.’

Memento: This Galaxy fan wanted the shirt of Beckham's back

Memento: This Galaxy fan wanted the shirt of Beckham's back

It’s easy to see his point, though. On
Saturday, given the time and space a 37-year-old needs, he increasingly
dictated the rhythm of the game as Galaxy recovered from a half-time
deficit to win.

When they earned a last-minute
penalty, it looked momentarily as though Beckham might take it. Some
farewell that would have been, but common sense dictated otherwise and,
after Robbie Keane had sealed victory from 12 yards, Beckham departed
the stage to a generous ovation.

Where he goes next is the question. In
all honesty a place in a top European side looks some way beyond him.
For now, though, he will lay that issue to one side.

‘This is a good day,’ Beckham said. ‘I
tell my children every day that if you want something you have to put
in the hard graft. I think I have done that here. It’s been a successful
six years.

‘All I hope is that people have enjoyed watching me play. My impact here will have to be judged by others.’

David Beckham wins MLS Cup in final LA Galaxy match

Beckham's Hollywood ending: England legend signs off by helping Galaxy to MLS Cup glory… but where next for Goldenballs

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UPDATED:

10:07 GMT, 2 December 2012

David Beckham had his heart set on leaving LA Galaxy with the MLS Cup as a parting gift and it was fitting he should be the architect of a second-half comeback to beat their old rivals here at the Home Depot Center.

The 37-year-old former England captain conjured up a vintage display in central midfield and the crowd rose to acclaim their No 23 when he was substituted seconds before the end.

Anybody questioning the impact
Beckham has made on a sport which still has a long way to go to catch up
established American games such as gridiron and baseball, would have to
acknowledge his popularity with the fans. There were banners all round
the ground proclaiming ‘Thanks David’ and ‘We love Beckham’ while fans
were wearing T-shirts with slogans such as ‘Beckham — take me with you’
and ‘Beckham you rocked the Galaxy’.

Party time: David Beckham and his team-mates begin the celebrations

Party time: David Beckham and his team-mates begin the celebrations

Party time: David Beckham and his team-mates begin the celebrations

‘It is a special day for us to win it
here at our home, in front of our home fans,’ said an emotional
Beckham, who again hinted that he would soon be involved in the MLS as a
club owner.

‘It is a sad day as well. This is a special place for me and will continue to be a special place.

More trophies: Beckham's glittering career has yet another successful chapter

More trophies: Beckham's glittering career has yet another successful chapter

Champions: Landon Donovan reacts after scoring the crucial penalty

Champions: Landon Donovan reacts after scoring the crucial penalty

Decisive intervention: David Beckham and Christian Wilhelmsson celebrate with Landon Donovan after the latter slots home a penalty in the second half to put Galaxy 2-1 ahead

Decisive intervention: David Beckham and Christian Wilhelmsson celebrate with Landon Donovan after the latter slots home a penalty in the second half to put Galaxy 2-1 ahead

The kids are all right: Beckham celebrates with his sons after the final whistle

The kids are all right: Beckham celebrates with his sons after the final whistle

The kids are all right: Beckham celebrates with his sons after the final whistle

The kids are all right: Beckham celebrates with his sons after the final whistle

‘I have no idea where I will go next.
I do know that I am happy to have been part of this club for six years
and been successful for the last four years.

‘I will continue with my commitment
to this league. I might not be playing here any more but my commitment
to growing this sport and this league will continue.’

Bending it: Beckham fires in a trademark delivery

Bending it: Beckham fires in a trademark delivery

This tight little stadium is far from
the biggest in the MLS but temporary seating installed for the occasion
and the opening of the huge grassy bank towering over one of the goals
had boosted the capacity from 27,000 to 30,000.

The untypical Los Angeles weather —
drizzling rain on Friday and squally showers before the game — made the
grass slippery but it hardly put off the fans. They braved the
conditions, spreading their blankets and feasting on hot dogs and Buds
well before kick-off.

Tribute: Fans show their appreciation for the former England captain

Tribute: Fans show their appreciation for the former England captain

Tribute: Fans show their appreciation for the former England captain

Of course, the main item on the
agenda was Galaxy’s attempt to retain the Philip F Anschultz Trophy,
awarded to the winners of the MLS championship in a repeat of last
year’s final. Having reached their record eighth final, Galaxy have now
equalled DC United’s feat of four titles.

But it was almost a foregone
conclusion. If Beckham could have picked opposition least likely to
spoil his farewell party, it would have been the Dynamo who have now
lost their last six games at the Home Depot.

Ambassador: David Beckham (right) before the game with Robbie Keane (centre)

Ambassador: David Beckham (right) before the game with Robbie Keane (centre)

Hands on: Ricardo Clark gets to grips with Beckham in the first half

Hands on: Ricardo Clark gets to grips with Beckham in the first half

Beckham engineered the 13th-minute
move which should have seen Galaxy take the lead with a 30-yard ball to
Robbie Keane, whose pass left Landon Donovan with the goal at his mercy
but the striker shot wide.

A 19th-minute free-kick from the
right-side of the box produced an even worse miss with Mike Magee, two
yards out, somehow contriving to head off target. They were misses that
Galaxy came to rue when, a minute before half-time, Calen Carr broke
down the Houston right, took advantage of sloppy defending by Tommy
Meyer and lifted a right footer into the top of the net to stun the home
fans.

The last time: David Beckham walks out alongside sons Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz

The last time: David Beckham walks out alongside sons Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz

Job done: Beckham and Galaxy coach Bruce Arena chat to the media after the game

Job done: Beckham and Galaxy coach Bruce Arena chat to the media after the game

Up for the cup: Beckham poses with the trophy alongside Arena, Robbie Keane (far right) and assistant coach Jovan Kirovski

Up for the cup: Beckham poses with the trophy alongside Arena, Robbie Keane (far right) and assistant coach Jovan Kirovski

Up for the cup: Beckham poses with the trophy alongside Arena, Robbie Keane (far right) and assistant coach Jovan Kirovski

Galaxy hit back with two goals in
four minutes. Omar Gonzalez headed them level in the 61st minute and a
Donovan penalty gave them the lead. It was left to Keane to put the
icing on the cake with a second penalty in added time.

Beckham has been cagey about where he
will go next. France, and particularly Monaco, remain a favourable
option but he has been impressed with overtures from China. For now,
though, he will just enjoy the Hollywood ending to his LA career.

American dream: Beckham departs LA Galaxy on a high

American dream: Beckham departs LA Galaxy on a high

American dream: Beckham departs LA Galaxy on a high

Tim Cahill open to Everton loan return

Cahill admits to Everton loan hope… on the day he's unveiled by New York Red Bulls!

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06:31 GMT, 31 July 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Tim Cahill has not ruled out the possibility of returning to Everton on loan during the Major League Soccer close season – if his new club the New York Red Bulls give their consent.

Cahill was presented by the Red Bulls on Monday after deciding to leave Everton for a new challenge in the United States following eight years at Goodison Park.

Several US-based players have had loan stints in Europe outside of the MLS season, including David Beckham, Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan, and Cahill was asked if that was something he was considering.

Gives me wings: Tim Cahill has moved to New York Red Bulls from Everton

Gives me wings: Tim Cahill has moved to New York Red Bulls from Everton

Gives me wings: Tim Cahill has moved to New York Red Bulls from Everton

The Australia international insisted his main concern was getting off to a good start with the Red Bulls, but he refused to close the door in the prospect of a loan switch at the end of the campaign.

He said: 'I'm totally focusing on the Red Bulls – getting fit, giving everything I can for the next three to four months.

'If something can work and fit to the training regime, because I've committed my future to the Red Bulls, and going on loan might not be the right thing for the football club… But if it works out that I can find the right happy medium to get the fitness and keep training and to play in certain games, then maybe yes.

'But I really think in the next three of four months we'll be able to tell closer to the end of the season.'

Regarding his move to the MLS, Cahill still has plenty to give and is looking forward to a new chapter in his career. He also insisted he would not have left Everton for another Barclays Premier League club.

Stuck on you: Cahill said he could be open to a return to Everton on loan

Stuck on you: Cahill said he could be open to a return to Everton on loan

'When I had the opportunity to play for the Red Bulls I knew in my heart that if I ever left Everton I would never play for another Premier League team, out of respect for the chairman, the fans and the manger,' the 32-year-old said.

'As a footballer I've achieved a hell of a lot in my career but also I feel that this is a big move for me.

'I know a lot of people might think otherwise, but I'm 32 years old, I respect the MLS, I'm coming here at a good age, I'm fit and I'm ready for a new challenge, something that's very special not only for me but also my family.

'I work hard, I give everything and one thing I'm going to do for the Red Bulls is to put my heart into it.'

Fernando Torres returns to Chelsea training in Philadelphia

Euro star Torres returns in Philadelphia as he prepares to spearhead Chelsea attack

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UPDATED:

08:19 GMT, 24 July 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Fernando Torres returned to training with Chelsea for the first time since his Euro 2012 heroics in Poland and Ukraine.

The Spain striker, who scored in the 4-0 final win against Italy, joined up with his team-mates in Philadelphia as part on Chelsea's American pre-season tour.

With strikers Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou having departed Stamford Bridge this summer, Torres is expected to be the main striker at the club.

Looking sharp: Fernando Torres trains with team-mates David Luiz and Romelu Lukaku in Philadelphia

Looking sharp: Fernando Torres trains with team-mates David Luiz and Romelu Lukaku in Philadelphia

Torres trained with his fellow Chelsea team-mates including John Terry and Petr Cech who also featured at the Euros, while Gary Cahill, who missed the tournament with a fractured cheekbone, also trained.

Chelsea drew 1-1 with French side Paris St Germain on Sunday and face the MLS All-Stars, including David Beckham, Thierry Henry and Landon Donovan, later this week.

No 9: Fernando Torres

Close control: Torres

Euro star: Torres returned to pre-season training with Chelsea after winning the Euros with Spain

And Chelsea new boy Marko Marin is looking forward to playing with Torres, he told Goal.com: 'Fernando is a top player. For us wingers, it's nice for us to have a player like him up front. He's fun to play to with. He's very fast and sharp. I look forward to playing with him.'

Meanwhile, Chelsea elder statesman Cech has challenged the club’s new breed to replicate the winning mentality of their predecessors.

With Champions League winners Drogba,
Kalou and Jose Bosingwa leaving this summer Cech said: ‘Maybe we have a
younger squad — but they are new, positive, hungry and motivated. But
the winning mentality; you can’t buy it. You can only get it from the
team and from people who have got it.

Captain: John Terry

All smiles: David Luiz and Frank Lampard

Back in business: John Terry prepares for the MLS All-Stars game and Frank Lampard and Luiz share a joke

'We’ve always had that winning mentality at Chelsea. That’s why we have won so many trophies over the years. But it’s a huge chance for the younger players to make their life and careers.

'At the moment it’s pre-season and everyone is able to play, so we’re all enjoying each other’s company, working hard get fit.

'But things look different when
suddenly you’re on the bench. That’s when the true personalities will
start to show and I hope that we’re going to be OK.

'We
still have experienced players but now we have the positive, new, young
players who are hungry and motivated, which is great.

Welcome back: Gary Cahill

Strapping up: Petr Cech

Stepping up the preparation: Gary Cahill and Petr Cech during training

'The challenge for them is to show they are not just here by accident, that they are quality players who deserve to be a part of this Chelsea team.

'It’s a similar situation to when I joined in 2004.

'You had the guys who had experience and I was one of eight players coming in, hungry and ready to show we were worth it.

Stateside training: The Chelsea players prepare for the MLS All-Stars game

Stateside training: The Chelsea players prepare for the MLS All-Stars game

'We have always had that mentality at Chelsea and that’s why we have won so many trophies every year.

'You cannot buy that winning mentality, you can only get it from people who have already got it. So we hope we never lose that.

'But when you bring in new players it’s a huge chance for them to make their life and their careers. And you can see that they will all go for it.'

PS

Former Chelsea strikers Nicolas Anelka and Drogba were spotted together at Shanghai Airport on Monday. The duo have linked up at Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua and will face old foes Manchester United in a pre-season friendly on Wednesday.

Familiar faces: Former Chelsea stars Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba arrive at Pudong International Airport in Shanghai ahead of Shanghai Shenhua's friendly against Manchester United

Familiar faces: Former Chelsea stars Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba
arrive at Pudong International Airport in Shanghai ahead of Shanghai Shenhua's friendly against Manchester United

David Beckham and Thierry Henry named in MLS Allstar team to play Chelsea

Beckham and Henry will join forces to take on European Champions Chelsea

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UPDATED:

23:50 GMT, 15 July 2012

Having missed out on the Olympic squad David Beckham will make up for it by joining forces with Thierry Henry to take on European Champions Chelsea later this month.

The former Premier League stars have been named in the MLS All Star team that will face Roberto Di Matteo’s side on July 25th in Philadelphia.

Former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder Beckham has been in good form since being snubbed by Stuart Pearce for a place in his Great Britain Olympic squad and scored two goals for LA Galaxy in their 5-3 win over Portland Timbers on Saturday.

Star name: David Beckham will play against Chelsea

Star name: David Beckham will play against Chelsea

In the team: Thierry Henry is in the sqaud

New boy: Eden Hazard

Head to head: Thierry Henry will come up against Chelsea new boy Eden Hazard

Henry played for New York Red Bulls in their 2-2 draw with the Seattle Sounders.

Other former Premier League stars to make the All Star squad include Landon Donovan who has enjoyed two loan spells at Everton, Eddie Johnson who played for Fulham and former Watford defender Jay DeMerit.

Also in the squad is Ramiro Corrales who is the only active player in MLS who was there when the league started in 1996.

The San Jose Earthquakes defender was chosen by Commissioner Don Garber to the 18-man squad, joining 11 players voted to the team by fans.

David Beckham scrap: LA Galaxy v San Jose Earthquakes

A tough week for Beckham got even tougher with LA Galaxy star involved in 'handbags' against rivals

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UPDATED:

10:20 GMT, 1 July 2012

David Beckham showed he was still disappointed at being left out of Stuart Pearce's Team GB Olympic football squad as he got involved in some pushing and shoving for LA Galaxy against rivals San Jose Earthquakes.

The former England captain caused a stir when he kicked the ball from the touchline and it hit opponent Sam Cronin who lay on the floor 20 yards away.

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Bizarre: David Beckham was involved in some uncharacteristic incidents

Bizarre: David Beckham was involved in some uncharacteristic incidents

After the 'California Clasico' ended, he
got involved in a hot-headed argument with players from both sides
and, bizarrely, the San Jose mascot.

Beckham had been snubbed by Pearce who opted to select Ryan Giggs, Micah Richards and Craig Bellamy as his three over-23 players in the 18-man squad for the Games.

But he reminded the manager just what he
could have brought to the Team GB Olympic football side as he scored a
trademark free-kick for LA Galaxy.

Defeat: Beckham's side lost a 3-1 lead

Defeat: Beckham's side lost a 3-1 lead

The player admitted he was devastated at
missing out on the chance to represent Britain, having put a lot of
effort into winning the Olympic bid in 2005 and the subsequent
preparations.

However, his bad week continued as Galaxy eventually fell 4-3 to their opponents in an MLS thriller, in front of a 50,000 strong crowd – showing the superstar is still a huge draw.

Former Everton loan star Landon
Donovan had scored for Beckham's side but the Earthquakes caused a
rumble as they came back from 3-1 down to win the game.

Beckham was booked for kicking the ball at Cronin and it will result in a one-match suspension for accumulation of yellow cards.

Beckham takes on Rafael Baca

Beckham wins a header

Goldenballs: Beckham scored a fine free-kick early on but ended up having a few moments of madness

Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson says he would have selected Beckham for the Games.

While the 37-year-old is now expected to play a leading role as an ambassador during the Games, Eriksson would have loved for his former captain to have been involved.

He told BBC Five Live's Sportsweek programme: 'I haven't seen Beckham play for a long time but I think David should anyhow be there because it is the Olympic Games, it is Great Britain, it is England, it is London.

Old friend: Beckham with former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson

Old friend: Beckham with former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson

'So I would have picked him, put him on the bench at the very least.

'I hope he will be involved in some way in the Olympic Games, it's important.'

He added: 'It's a difficult one but David is an icon, he should be involved in the Olympic Games in some way.

'If he can't be in the football team I hope he can be involved in some other way.'

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Beckham's free kick

Euro 2012: Robbie Keane pays tribute to Ireland fan James Nolan

Robbie was Keane to pay tribute to Ireland fan Nolan after Galaxy goal

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UPDATED:

11:41 GMT, 24 June 2012

Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane paid tribute to the family of Irish football fan James Nolan after scoring a goal in LA Galaxy's 3-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night.

Nolan, 21, of Blessington, County Wicklow, was in Poland to follow Keane and the Irish national team during their European Championship run went missing last Sunday and his body was found on Wednesday in a canal in northern Poland after an apparent accidental drowning.

Keane's tribute came after his goal in the 30th minute as he ran toward the club's bench where he was handed a Galaxy shirt that read 'RIP James Nolan' on the back.

Tribute: Robbie Keane holds up a shirt with 'RIP James Nolan' printed on the back in honor of a 21 year old Irish fan who drowned in Poland

Tribute: Robbie Keane holds up a shirt with 'RIP James Nolan' printed on the back in honor of a 21 year old Irish fan who drowned in Poland

On target: Keane scores past Joe Cannon for LA Galaxy

On target: Keane scores past Joe Cannon for LA Galaxy

For the 31-year-old Irish captain, who has scored 53 goals in 120 games for the national team, the gesture was important for his grieving nation.

Euro 2012

He said: 'It was a young Irish fan who went to Poland, 21 years of age, and unfortunately drowned.

‘Obviously, the whole country was sad and I called his father today to send my condolences and to say that my thoughts were with him and the family.’

Heading for the bench: Keane celebrates his goal by heading to collect the shirt in honour of James Nolan

Heading for the bench: Keane celebrates his goal by heading to collect the shirt in honour of James Nolan

Playing his part: David Beckham helped LA Galaxy to three wins in a row

Playing his part: David Beckham helped LA Galaxy to three wins in a row

'It was just a gesture because the Irish people are very close and they stick with each other through good times and bad times. He was a big, big soccer fan and it was a shame, so it was just a show of respect really.'

Keane said he intends to send the shirt to Nolan's family back in Ireland.

Former Everton loanee Landon Donovan and striker Mike Magee were also on target as the Galaxy won their third game in a row.

Kenny Miller embarrassed by Scotland defeat

That hurt! Miller declares Scots were an 'embarrassment'
after humiliating USA thrashing

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UPDATED:

22:29 GMT, 27 May 2012

Kenny Miller admitted Scotland’s 5-1 thrashing to the United States was an ‘embarrassment’ after the national team crashed to their heaviest defeat under Craig Levein.

The skipper cut a crestfallen figure after emerging from a draining 90 minutes and confessed that Levein’s men were second best throughout the friendly.

Two goals down in 12 minutes, Miller’s downward header was knocked into the net by American defender Geoff Cameron to offer a shaft of hope.

Agony: Kenny Miller was embarrassed by Scotland's defeat to the USA

Agony: Kenny Miller was embarrassed by Scotland's defeat to the USA

As Landon Donovan claimed his hat-trick with 20 minutes remaining, however, the Scots suffered a dismal end to the season in the blistering heat of the EverBank Field in Jacksonville

‘Of course it hurts. It’s an embarrassment, to be honest,’ said Cardiff City striker Miller. ‘If you lose 5-1 at any level of football, there’s an element of embarrassment.

‘We were trying to stem the flow in the first half and got a goal back. At 2-1 we were fortunate but the goals we lost in the second half were terrible.
‘It is a friendly but we’re still disappointed. We have made progress with performances in recent times, but this is a hard one and it still hurts.’

Glimmer of hope: Miller celebrates after scoring with the help of a deflection

Glimmer of hope: Miller celebrates after scoring with the help of a deflection

Admitting the result offered a wake-up call before Serbia visit Glasgow in the opening qualifier of the forthcoming World Cup campaign in September, Miller promised there would be a review of what went wrong.

‘Everyone is proud to be here and disappointed with the result,’ he said. ‘It won’t be brushed off and we will look at this and make sure the openness that was evident in our play in the second half doesn’t get repeated.

‘We’ve played Italy, France and Spain in recent times and have not been carved open like that. It shouldn’t happen with us against any nation.’

The result turns up the heat on Levein ahead of the World Cup qualifiers, for which this match had been billed as a dress rehearsal. Lamenting the loss of several key players for the match, he admitted his team had not been as focused as Jurgen Klinsmann’s side.

Inquest: Questions are asked between Gary Caldwell and Steven Whittaker

Inquest: Questions are asked between Gary Caldwell and Steven Whittaker

And he sought to reassure Tartan Army followers — worried that the players had looked to be in end-of-season holiday mode in Florida — that his team will improve on their next friendly outing, against Australia at Easter Road in August, before the qualifiers begin in earnest the following month.

‘I think focus is the most important word,’ said Levein. ‘We weren’t as focused as the USA. Our team have been excellent recently, with some great results, and it was most unlike them.

‘With it being the end of the season, the players were tired. It was evident there was only one team who were focused.’

USA 5 Scotland 1: Hapless Scots handed a footballing lesson by Donovan and Co

USA 5 Scotland 1: Hapless Scots handed a footballing lesson by Donovan and Co

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02:19 GMT, 27 May 2012

Craig Levein suffered his heaviest defeat as Scotland manager as the United States cruised to a 5-1 win in a friendly in Jacksonville.

Landon Donovan helped himself to a hat-trick and Michael Bradley and Jermaine Jones grabbed a goal apiece, with an own goal from Geoff Cameron doing little to ease what was a humiliating night for the Scots.

The hosts sit 19 places above Scotland in the FIFA World Rankings but the gulf between the two nations appeared far greater.

The result proved to be ample reward for the 44,438 fans who contributed to a record-breaking crowd for a friendly in the state of Florida.

Star man: Landon Donovan hit three in a superb display

Star man: Landon Donovan hit three in a superb display

Match facts

USA: Howard, Cherundolo, Cameron, Bocanegra, Johnson, Edu, Bradley, Jones, Donovan, Boyd, Torres. Subs not used: Guzan, Onyewu, Beckerman, Corona, Gomez, Wondolowski.

Scorers: Donovan, Bradley, Jones.

Scotland: McGregor, Bardsley, Caldwell, Webster, Mulgrew, Brown, McArthur, Bannan, Phillips, Maloney, Miller. Subs not used: Gordon, Gilks, Russell, Martin, Berra, Whittaker, Wallace, Bryson, Mackail-Smith, Cowie, Goodwillie.

Scorer: Cameron (og).

Referee: E Bonilla (El Salvador).

Levein had named an attack-minded side for the clash in the EverBank Field, led by striker Kenny Miller.

Blackpool winger Matt Phillips made his international debut and Wigan's Shaun Maloney earned his first cap since November 2010.

In defence, Andy Webster made his first appearance since victory over the Czech Republic in Levein's first game in charge in March 2010.

Kick-off was delayed by more than 20 minutes but, once under way, the host nation needed just three minutes to open the scoring.

Donovan – making his 139th appearance – took advantage of sloppy defending by Phil Bardsley to lash high into the net just inside the six-yard box after seeing an initial effort blocked by Allan McGregor.

The Americans continued to pile on the pressure and they were celebrating again with 11 minutes on the clock when Jones found Bradley in plenty of space and he unleashed an unstoppable shot from 30 yards that left the goalkeeper with no chance.

However, the Scots hauled themselves back into the match when they pulled a goal back four minutes later.

Hair-raiser: Michael Bradley made it 2-0 with a sweetly struck volley

Hair-raiser: Michael Bradley made it 2-0 with a sweetly struck volley

Phillips found Bardsley and he picked out Miller with a long cross to the back post and the Cardiff forward's header was bundled into his own net by Cameron.

The United States still looked dangerous and Jose Torres clipped the crossbar with a free-kick from just outside the box.

The first booking of the match came after 29 minutes when United States skipper and Rangers defender Carlos Bocanegra was cautioned for a challenge on Old Firm rival Scott Brown.

The Celtic midfielder was then the victim of a crunching challenge by Jones, who escaped a booking from the referee.

The USA were hungry for more goals and were denied by the woodwork four minutes after the restart when Donovan's effort crashed off the post.

Terrence Boyd pounced on the rebound but dragged his shot wide of target.

Scotland made their first change after 50 minutes when Barry Bannan was withdrawn to make way for Don Cowie.

Russell Martin and Steven Whittaker were then both thrown into the action but hopes of salvaging the match were dealt a blow when the home side claimed their third on the hour mark.

Jones was the provider again, this time supplying the pass from the right for Donovan to coolly slot past McGregor from 10 yards.

There was worse to come for Scotland when Donovan grabbed his hat-trick five minutes later with an effort that came off the inside of the post and into the back of the net, beyond the grasp of McGregor.

Donovan then turned provider with a lovely cross for Jones to bullet a header past the Scotland goalkeeper and make it 5-1 with 20 minutes to go.

With no way back for Scotland, the home side withdrew goalkeeper Tim Howard from the action, with the gloves going to Brad Guzan for the remainder of the match.