Wenger said: “McClaren maybe thought it was time for a new era and you always try that.
“In France we tried that as well when Domenech took over. You bring the new players in and after a while you think maybe for that kind of game you need experience.
“They brought Zidane, Makelele and Thuram back and we needed that to qualify. They did well in the World Cup because at that level experience is important.
“It’s for Steve McClaren to decide whether Beckham should come back. He’s under enough pressure, I do not want to add any more pressure on him at the moment because he had the whole country on his back.”