Real Madrid have brought their Spanish League match against Villareal forward 24
Real Madrid have brought their Spanish League match against Villareal forward 24 hours to Tuesday thereby allowing David Beckham to join up with the rest of the Sven's squad before they fly out to Skopje...
Originally Real were due to play their second League fixture of the season next Wednesday evening, but that would have been just 24 hours before England are due to fly out to Macedonia for their crucial Euro 2004 qualifier.
Sven-Goran Eriksson spoke to Real manager Carlos Queiroz in order to resolve the issue.
With Real also losing the services of Zidane, Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos, the Spanish champions have obtained clearance with the Spanish League to move the match forward.
FA Head of Media Relations Adrian Bevington said: "We are delighted that the game has been moved to the Tuesday night and we look forward to David Beckham joining the rest of the squad on the Wednesday lunchtime for training.
"We can confirm that Sven-Goran Eriksson has had conversations with both David Beckham and Carlos Queiroz in the past 24 hours.
"As we had stated, it was always our intention to achieve an appropriate outcome without invoking Fifa regulations on the release of players.
"A number of countries were involved in this instance, including France and Brazil, and we are happy that this conclusion allows David to play for both Real Madrid and England."