Was Fabio Capello Right to Retire David Beckham From England Duty?

“He’s behind you!” England boss somewhat unsubtly ends an illustrious career.

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Free State Stadium Bloemfontein World Cup 2010 Germany v England (4-1) Match 51 27/06/10 Muellered! World Cup dream is over for England, Fabio Capello and David Beckham Photo Roger Parker Fotosports International Photo via Newscom

England coach Fabio Capello says he will not pick David Beckham to play in another competitive international.
The Italian wants to build around players younger than the 35-year-old former Manchester United midfielder.
Asked if Beckham was in his plans, Capello said: “No, I need to change it. David is a fantastic player but I think we need new players for the future.”
Capello said Beckham could play once more for England at Wembley so fans could pay tribute to the ex-skipper.
The Italian, who revealed he has not spoken to Beckham about his future, stated: “If he is fit, I hope we will play one more game here at Wembley so the fans can say goodbye.” (BBC Sport)

It’s a somewhat bizarre way to bring to an end a 115 cap career but quite possibly the correct decision if not the correct way to go about announcing it. One can only imagine how David Beckham took it. He was probably sitting at home minding his own business, helping the boys with their homework (or vice versa) when he hears that he is unlikely to play for his country again, other than perhaps at some money spinning send off that the FA will be rubbing their hands in glee about.

Whatever you think about the 35 year old LA Galaxy man and his somewhat media hungry missus, you can not deny he has on the whole been a gleaming success when he has played for his country. He has arguably been more consistent when playing for his nation than he ever was at Manchester United and Real Madrid, he was also a player you could tell was proud to be out there playing for his country.

So is the time right to call time on his lengthy England career?

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