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England captain David Beckham has critricised the Football Association for offering coach Sven-Goran Eriksson a new contract, suggesting the timing of the offer has “caused a lot of problems”

Eriksson has been offered a two-year extension to his current deal. Beckham said he was unhappy with the timing.

“It’s caused a lot of problems,” admitted the skipper.

“Questions are being put to him in every press conference and from every person he meets.”

Beckham was meeting the FA to try to heal the rift with England’s players. The FA’s decision to exclude Rio Ferdinand and Alan Smith from recent squads has created a rift bewteen the players and officials.

“We’ve all got to be on the same side and can’t have these situations,” said the England captain.

“The last thing the nation wants to see are these type of stories on the front and backpages.”

Beckham met with FA chief executive Mark Palios, executive director David Davies and director of football development Trevor Brooking.

“We’re a few months on and a few changes have been made,’ Beckham added. ‘Hopefully we are on the right road now.”

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