David Beckham is back at AC Milan and rearing to go. The deal to bring him back to the Italian side from LA Galaxy was made some time ago, but first he had to play in the MLS final where his team lost narrowly on penalties. He will be eager to put that disappointment behind him, though, when he faces his old club Manchester United in the second round of the Champions League.

As expected, many fans came to watch Beckham’s first training game for Milan on Monday, where he was put through his paces and even got a non-serious knock on his ankle. With due respect to the MLS, he knows he will have to step up a whole other level in Serie A and the Champions League. He did it before last season, however, and was one of Milan’s most shining players, even though they failed to achieve much. They might be too far off to challenge for the Italian title this year, but in the Champions League anything can happen.

Beckham has admitted the move is more to keep him in Fabio Capello’s plans for the World Cup, and if he keeps up his form, it is very hard to see him missing out. He truly is England’s golden talisman, both in terms of footballing ability and the aura he brings to the side. If England are to achieve the momentum heights of finally winning another World Cup, you don’t see them doing it without their (former) Captain Fantastic.

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