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Tough nut Capello makes the right call in overlooking Beckham
Although he has trained at Arsenal, David Beckham has not played a competitive game since November and if that had been the case for any other player, they too would have been left out of Capello’s first England squad.
The Italian has realised that a failing England have pandered to the wishes of their top players for too long. One guy getting 100 caps is nothing compared to the future health of the team.
Fellow wingers David Bentley, Shaun Wright Phillips and Ashley Young need international matches under their belt and Capello has wisely opted to pick them for next week’s friendly with Switzerland.
This is totally different to Steve McClaren’s attempt at stamping false authority on the team by dropping Beckham when he took over. This is not a gimmick by Capello, this is a sensible footballing decision.
Beckham may still get 100 caps, but at least he knows he’ll have to work for it.
PHOTO: England’s Beckham applauds the crowd following their Euro 2008 qualifying defeat to Croatia at Wembley, Nov. 21 2007 REUTERS/Eddie Keogh