Hollywood Can Wait ; Beckham Back for England ++ Instead of California, He's Now Heading for Estonia - and His Wife's Plans to Conquer LA Are Awry. Cole Moreton Reports
Moreton, Cole, The Independent on Sunday (London, England)
David Beckham was delighted by his unexpected recall to the England football squad yesterday - but his wife's reaction was more likely to have been a frustrated: " Oh, Goldenballs!"
The woman who gave him that nickname is due to present a prize at the MTV Movie Awards in California a week on Monday.
This will be Victoria Beckham's first major television appearance in the US and a huge step in the couple's much-hyped attempt to win over Hollywood. She will appear alongside movie royalty such as Bruce Willis and Cameron Diaz at the awards, and was expected to walk the red carpet alongside her husband.
The producers of the [pound]10m NBC fly-on-the-wall series currently chronicling their attempt to become big in America may well have expected the same. But a FA spokesman said yesterday: "There's no question of him going there."
Instead the 32-year-old will now be expected to travel with the other players to the slightly less glamorous Estonia for a European Championship qualifying match.
The diary disaster became obvious yesterday lunchtime when England coach Steve McClaren performed a U-turn worthy of his most athletic stars and invited Beckham back.
McClaren had dropped the former captain after England's disappointing performance in last year's World Cup.
But that was August. …