David Beckham's injury was bound to grab all the headlines, but to be perfectly honest I don't think England will miss him at the World Cup.
There was always a doubt over how much of a part he was going to play, and I'm sure he would not have started in South Africa.
His ability to slow the game and deliver accurate set pieces has its uses, but it is good that England are no longer reliant on dead balls.
England play best at a high tempo, and I think if anything Beckham's injury helps Fabio Capello, who can now look past him to the pace of Aaron Lennon, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Theo Walcott.
Don't get me wrong, I feel for David. I suffered with injuries in my career and I know there is nothing more demoralising than this kind of setback.
He has overcome a lot of challenges in his career, but his days at the top level are surely over.
My former team-mate Neil Webb snapped his Achilles in 1989, and he was never the same player again.
That was when he was in his prime, so it is hard to see how Beckham can come back when he is at the tail end of his playing days - whatever the medical advancements in recent years.
I'm sure he will try to revive his international career, however. He is a fighter and will not want to go out like this. I just wonder whether any top European club will go near a 35-year-old coming back from a serious injury.
Does Beckham deserve to go down as one of England's all-time greats? Honestly, I don't think so.
He has collected 115 caps, but there is more to being a great player than playing a lot of games - particularly in these days of meaningless friendlies and 20-minute cameos.
Wayne Rooney is over halfway to overhauling Beckham and he is still only 24 - if he has another 10 years at the top he could get 150 caps, easily.
In my era, Bryan Robson would easily have reached a century if not for his injury troubles, while the likes of Kenny Sansom and Ray Wilkins got into the 80s starting virtually every game.
Beckham has had some fantastic moments playing for his country, but I'm not sure he has been any more influential than the likes of David Platt or Gary Lineker, or shown as much quality as Paul Gascoigne at his peak.
He has been a great servant and a very good player for his country. But an England legend? I'm not so sure.
Whatever happens next, I'm sure he will not be out of the headlines for long, and he continues to be involved with English football in his role spearheading the 2018 World Cup bid.
If he succeeds in helping to bring the World Cup back to these shores after more than 50 years, it might just be his biggest service to the national game.
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