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Last Updated: Monday December 24 2007 13:30 GMT

Becks happy with new England boss

David Beckham

Footie star David Beckham has given the thumbs up to the new England boss Fabio Capello, and says he really hopes to be chosen to play for the squad.

"Fabio is one of the managers players look up to. I hope I'll be part of his plans," he said.

The Italian managed Spanish side Real Madrid while David Beckham was there.

But the pair didn't have a very good relationship, particularly after Beckham announced he was leaving for American team LA Galaxy.

But in an interview with the BBC, David Beckham said that's all in the past, and he has a lot of respect for Capello.

Fabio Capello
Fabio Capello starts his new job on January 7

Fabio Capello officially begins on 7 January 2008 and his first match in charge will be a friendly against Switzerland at Wembley stadium in London on 6 February.

So far, David Beckham has played 99 games for England. He'll be hoping to make it a hundred if he's chosen to play for the squad for the friendly.

Capello was appointed manager of England on December 14.

He's replacing Steve McClaren who got the boot in November after England crashed out of Euro 2008.

The 61-year-old is a popular choice as he's got a great track record - winning nine league titles in just 16 years.