Becks back in Italian’s good books.
England head coach Fabio Capello has refused ruling out David Beckham pulling on the England shirt again in the future.
The Italian effectively called time on Beckham’s international career immediately prior to the Three Lions’ 2-1 friendly victory against Hungary at Wembley earlier this month.
The former AC Milan boss has responded to the widespread criticism by contacting the former Manchester United star and now claims the two are now on good terms.
Capello said: “I spoke directly with David on the telephone to explain what really happened and the relationship between him and me is really, really good.
“I spoke with David because he was a part of the staff in the World Cup. Usually I don’t speak on the phone with the players. In my career I never did this, but in this case I spoke.”
England play Bulgaria at Wembley on Friday and Switzerland away the following Tuesday in Euro 2012 qualifiers and Capello reaffirmed his plans to select young players.
But Capello admitted that he would give Beckham time to recover from his serious Achilles injury before he could consider the midfielder adding to his 115 caps, saying: “First he has to play a game. We are monitoring all the players. The future is for the young players.” (Sky Sports)
So that’s that then. Having pretty much retired David Beckham from England duty with some rather tactless remarks before the Hungary game, Fabio Capello has decided he does love the ageing midfielder after all. So what now? Well the 35 year old still has to get back to full fitness and then perhaps he could force his way back into the Euro 2012 qualifiers?
Clearly the idea of trusting more to youth is valid but if a player gives enough evidence of his form and ability then age shouldn’t come into it. Personally it seems that even though Capello has reopened the door to the LA Galaxy man it would still be a big surprise if Becks will feature in another competitive match for the national team.
In fact if he is called up again it would be an indictment of the players on offer, fortunately I don’t see that eventuality occurring.