Orient loan Symes to Bees

Peterborough have extended Davide Petrucci’s loan from

Manchester United until the end of the season.

Petrucci has started both of Posh’s Championship fixtures since

joining the club on an initial month-long deal on January 9.

The 21-year-old midfielder told the club’s official website: “I

am very happy. I only signed for a month in the first place because

it was my first loan spell.

“I didn’t know what to expect. However, since the first few days

I realised that I wanted to stay for longer and I am very pleased

to be here until the end of the season.”

After quitting the Los Angeles Galaxy in November, Beckham has

now returned to Europe and joined the cash-rich PSG bandwagon under

Carlo Ancelotti.

Immediately questions were raised about the potential for

Beckham, who won the last of his 115 England caps in 2009,

returning to the international arena.

It seems a fanciful notion given Hodgson has never selected

Beckham and has already turned his back on Rio Ferdinand, who at 34

is three years his former Manchester United team-mate’s junior.

And whilst the Three Lions boss did not categorically rule it

out, it is clear Hodgson is not anticipating having to select

Beckham at any point in the future.

“When did he last play for the national team?” said Hodgson.

“I don’t think he has been plotting a return to the national


“I have spoken to him on a number of occasions. Maybe at some

point he will pull me aside and tell me not to forget him even

though he has not played for so long.

“I am not really prepared for that.

“David made up his mind a while ago what he wanted to do with

his life.”

Hodgson did concede the move to PSG was “fantastic” for Beckham,

and it is clear he holds the midfielder in high regard.

“David is a footballing icon, not only in this country but all

over the world,” he said.

“He is one of the most recognisable footballers anywhere.

“We are perfectly aware of who he is, what he is and what he has

done. All I can do is wish him all the best.

“Let’s hope he can be as big a success at PSG as he has been

everywhere else.”

Beckham’s public image is in marked contrast to that of Ashley

Cole, who on Wednesday will join him in the exclusive ‘100 club’ by

becoming its seventh member when he turns out in Wednesday’s

Wembley friendly against Brazil.

It is difficult for anyone to separate Cole’s brilliance as a

footballer with the number of ill-advised scrapes he has managed to

get into.

Yet Hodgson prefers to judge the Chelsea man over his own

nine-month tenure as England boss.

And he has no problem, offering a glowing tribute to the


“Reaching 100 matches is an incredible milestone. He deserves an

enormous pat on the back,” said Hodgson.

“He has been a pleasure to work with and a really good


“He is a two-club man and not a player that has flitted from

club to club to get a slightly better contract.

“He has dedicated his time to Arsenal and then Chelsea.

“Reputations are forged in different ways I suppose. I judge

people on how I find them.

“He is a very serious footballer and a very nice person to deal

with on the footballing front.

“He is a shy person. He prefers his football to do the talking

and is quite happy for people to judge him on that basis.

“Unfortunately the profile players have these days means they

will be judged in other areas. That doesn’t affect me and hopefully

it won’t affect him on Wednesday.

“I am expecting people to give him the credit he deserves.”

Cole’s landmark follows on from that of Steven Gerrard’s in


And Hodgson believes another member of his squad, Frank Lampard,

will reach three figures too.

Lampard currently has 93 caps to his name but his future at club

level is to be decided as it seems Chelsea will not offer him a new


On recent performances though, Lampard will be a man in


And Hodgson expects the midfielder to become England’s eighth

centurion at some point in the future.

“There is no reason why not,” he said.

“Frank has been a consistent performer for club and country.

“He has a great footballing brain and we missed him during the

Euros and a couple of games since.

“If he stays as fit as he is at the moment – his levels have not

deteriorated for many years – what is to stop him playing those

remaining seven matches?”

Symes moved to the O’s from Bournemouth in the summer but has

struggled to hold down a first-team spot.

He made 18 appearances, 12 of which came as a substitute, and

scored two goals.

Manager Russell Slade let Symes leave after bringing in Shaun

Batt on loan from Millwall.