Fabio Capello is convinced David Beckham has a major role to play as a World Cup cheerleader.
Beckham has been ruled out of England's bid for glory in South Africa this summer with an Achilles injury.
Yet such is the impression the 35-year-old has made on the England coach that Capello wants him around anyway, bringing his very own patriotism to their Rustenburg base camp.
"Beckham is an example for everyone else," said Capello.
"There were so many times when he could have gone on holiday but he preferred to be with us.
"He is dedicated to the England team and to the 2018 World Cup bid."
However, Capello insists his intention for Beckham has nothing to do with coaching, either the squad as a whole, or individual components within it.
"David Beckham will not be on my coaching staff. Absolutely not," added Capello.