LA Galaxy's Chris Birchall believes England will benefit from David Beckham's presence at the World Cup this summer.
Galaxy midfielder Beckham will not be a member of Fabio Capello's playing squad after rupturing an Achilles tendon during a loan spell at AC Milan that was designed to improve his international credentials.
But the 35-year-old has been invited to travel to South Africa as part of England's backroom staff in order to act as a go-between for coaches and players.
It has been suggested by some critics that Beckham's attendance will only attract unnecessary attention, but Birchall thinks that the veteran of three World Cups has a role to play.
He said in an interview broadcast on Sky Sports News: "David has had his troubles in the last few months with his injury. Everyone here (Galaxy) knew how hard he was working to get into the World Cup squad.
"Coming from Capello, the experience he has, if he wants him there it is going to be a great addition to the squad.
"Players in the England squad look up to him and respect him."
Birchall only moved to the MLS last summer from Brighton, but he has been attracting interest from England and he would give thought to a return.
He added: "There is an option in my contract that if a club did come in before the end of June then it would be something that I would think about.
"I am enjoying my football, but obviously I have got to think about my family.
"If an option did come up and it was a good move for me and my family then I would have to speak to the coach here and see what was the case."