Macedonia coach Srecko Katanec has admitted to being stunned by the continued exclusion of David Beckham from the England team.
The former England skipper, 31, has been left out of each squad new manager Steve McClaren has selected since the World Cup finals.
But Katanec said: “For me, he is a key player, although now he isn’t even in the first XI at Real Madrid.
“If I was in McClaren’s position, without a shadow of a doubt Beckham would be in the team.”
Beckham was dropped for the friendly win over Greece and was also overlooked for the opening two Euro 2008 qualifying victories against Andorra and Macedonia.
Macedonia defender Aleksandar Vasoski added: “We couldn’t believe that Beckham wasn’t there again.
“For me he is a hero, a legend. I marked him when we played England in 2003 and it was one of the greatest moments of my life. It earned me a move to Eintracht Frankfurt.”