Glenn: Trevor Has Great Chance

Glenn Roeder believes that, irrespective of David Beckham's injury, Trevor Sinclair will be heading for the World Cup finals.

And, contrary to reports, he would be delighted if Joe Cole and Michael Carrick - along with David James - joined him.

Michael's selection for the under-21s rather than the full squad had led to speculation that his World Cup hopes are over, but he is still playing his way back into full fitness.

"None of our players, and no player in the country, would have wanted David Beckham to have got injured in the manner that he did, and I'd like to think that even if he is fully fit for the World Cup, that Trevor Sinclair has got a fantastic chance of making Sven-Goran Eriksson's final 23 - as have David James, Michael Carrick, and Joe Cole as well."

As for Beckham's injury, he adds: "It is devastating first of all for him and his family, secondly for his club Manchester United, and thirdly, not far behind, England as well.

"I was very upset to see David in such pain at Old Trafford last week after what I believe was a nasty tackle.

"It is just what David didn't need, he certainly didn't deserve that to happen to him, and I can only wish him a speedy return to full fitness.

"I am sure he will only be allowed to take his place in the World Cup if he is 100% fit. He is such a valuable player, you wouldn't want him to be brought back unless he is as you do need to have those fitness levels to play in the World Cup finals."