There will be plenty of offers for David Beckham's services in his final season. Some of them will probably come from England, with Queens Park Rangers potentially to the fore, especially if Harry Redknapp – who welcomed him to the training facilities at Tottenham Hotspur – takes over from Mark Hughes. Given Beckham's inherent and essentially unpretentious love of football, the modest environment of Loftus Road might not prove a deterrent to the acceptance of Tony Fernandes's money.
But what sort of a challenge would that represent to a man who has already proved himself in four countries? Our last chance of seeing him in England probably vanished with his omission from Britain's Olympic football team, a decision that, after all his work on behalf of the 2012 bid, he swallowed with no public display of disappointment, leaving the rest of us to conclude that Stuart Pearce's threadbare team could only have been improved by his presence. To Beckham, a new challenge is more likely to involve another venture into terra incognita, with Australia and China among the favourites.