Capello Leaves Beckham Out

Fabio Capello has told David Beckham that he will not be part of his first England squad, which is being named this afternoon.

The England manager telephoned the midfielder last night and broke the news to Beckham – who is just one appearance short of becoming the fifth man to earn 100 England caps – but assured him he could be part of his plans for the future.

It is understood that Capello told the 32-year-old he wanted his players to be match-fit, and that naming Beckham in his squad to face Switzerland next week would be unfair on those who have been playing in matches week-in, week-out.

Beckham is very disappointed by the news, especially as he has been training with Arsenal during his holiday – Major League Soccer’s close season – to get fit for Capello’s first game in charge, the friendly against Switzerland at Wembley on Wednesday.

He has however been encouraged by his talk with Capello about the future.

In the phonecall, Capello told Beckham he was still part of his plans and that there was no reason why he will not pick him again as long as he is fit enough and playing well enough for the Los Angeles Galaxy.

It is also understood that Capello had no issue with Beckham going to Brazil and Africa this week.

Capello had been urged to give Beckham his 100th cap against Switzerland, if only to reward the player for his 10 years of service, but it is clear the Italian is refusing to indulge in any sentimentality.

Capello does know what Beckham can offer to a side – he was manager of Real Madrid last season and restored the England midfielder to the team after he was initially left out when he announced he was moving to America.

Beckham responded with a run of form that helped inspire Real to win the Spanish league.


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  • giova****

    Many people might think that Capello’s decision to leave Beckham off the national side to deny him of his 100th cap is arrogant and spiteful. Capello in my view is a genius. There are still many games to play before qualifying for 2010, and I could almost bet my life on the fact that Beckham will see action on the national side. The only difference will be that Beckham will be hungrier and will play for the team as Capello has demonstrated with this decision that no player is more important than the other. Special things are on the menu for England in the near future. They will rout Switzerland….3-0. It will be a cold day in hell the day we see a team score 3 goals on England with Capello as coach. England will win the world cup in 2010. I hope they don’t as I would like to see Italy win again, but at least it will have been an Italian coach who lifted England to the stars.

  • soccerdrnyc

    well giova welcome back ,now capello name is at stake here he is no fool to put beckham
    on the team .he did the right thing becks not good .

  • cronaldofan

    Beckham needs to get out of American soccer because no one likes him there. I think still think he made a mistake going to LA Galaxy. Too bad he wasn’t on the first team for the friendly but he still has time to be fit so yes, I think he will be seeing some national team action in the future.

  • stephen

    Beckham is overrated.