Mid-Day Ticker: Capello asks Beckham to join team, Hull narrows search and more

Mid-Day Ticker: Capello asks Beckham to join team, Hull narrows search and more

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Mid-Day Ticker: Capello asks Beckham to join team, Hull narrows search and more

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For those who thought that David Beckham's injury would prevent him from being with England during the World Cup, think again.

Kind of.

England manager Fabio Capello has extended an offer for Beckham to travel and stay with the team in South Africa, a unique move considering Beckham has no shot of playing in the competition.

The Guardian speculates that the gesture may have more to do with Beckham potentially influencing voters to favor England's 2018 World Cup bid.

It is uncertain whether Beckham has accepted the offer or if he would even be able to stay on schedule with his rehabilitation should he go to South Africa.

Here are a few other soccer stories from around the world:

HULL CITY NARROWING SEARCH

In the aftermath of Phil Brown's firing, Hull City has narrowed its coaching search and hopes to name a new manager a couple of days prior to the team's match with Portsmouth on Saturday.

Former Manchester City manager Mark Hughes and former Queens Park Rangers boss Iain Dowie are at the top of the club's list, according to the BBC.

Hull City is currently in the drop zone, three points behind presently-safe Wolves and West Ham.

ROBINSON'S WORLD CUP HOPES FADING

Blackburn goalkeeper Paul Robinson tore a calf muscle against Tottenham over the weekend, and the team confirmed that he will be out of action for up to a month.

Robinson, who had a chance to make England's World Cup roster, will be hard-pressed to overcome favorites David James, Joe Hart and Robert Green considering the amount of time he will miss.

SPURS CLOSE IN ON BRAZILIAN

Tottenham and S.C. Internacional have agreed on a transfer fee for star player Sandro, according to the Brazilian team's president, Vittorio Piffero. 

The 21-year-old midfielder was a captain of Brazil's U-20 squad and has one cap with the senior team. 

KIESSLING STAYING AT LEVERKUSEN

German striker Stefan Kiessling re-signed with Bayer Leverkusen, ending any speculation of his departure from the Bundesliga side.

Kiessling, 26, leads Germany's top league with 16 goals this season, and he extended his contract through 2015. He is expected to play a role for Germany's national team in the World Cup.

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Do you think Beckham's presence would be a distraction for England? Who would be the best candidate for the Hull City job? Who should be England's No. 1 keeper? Like Tottenham's signing? Think Kiessling can contribute for Germany this summer?

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