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Fabio Capello hints at David Beckham recall

England midfielder David Beckham (left) and manager Fabio Capello
Beckham (left) is England's most capped outfield player

England manager Fabio Capello appears to have backtracked in his plans to retire former captain David Beckham from international football.

Capello had said he would pick the 35-year-old for one more game at Wembley so he could say "goodbye" to the fans.

But the England boss has now refused to rule out the LA Galaxy midfielder for the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.

"The future is for the young players as we have to think about the Euros, but no one player is out," said Capello.

Capello was criticised for effectively announcing Beckham's international career would be over in a television interview ahead of the recent 2-1 friendly win over Hungary having not spoken to the player beforehand.

The 64-year-old manager later cited that Beckham was too old and that he wanted to focus on bringing young players through the international set-up following England's disastrous 2010 World Cup campaign.


Beckham was forced to miss the tournament in South Africa after picking up an Achilles tendon injury while playing for AC Milan in March but went to the finals as part of the national team's coaching set-up.

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star, who has made 115 appearances for England and is the country's most capped outfield player, has recently returned to training with Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy.

He insisted that he would still be "available" to play for England, despite Capello's comments and has now received the rarity of a phone call from the Italian to explain the situation.

"I spoke directly with David on the telephone to explain what really happened and the relationship between him and me is really, really good," added Capello.

"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 face Switzerland on Friday, 3 September and Bulgaria four days later in their opening Euro 2012 qualifiers.

Frank Lampard and John Terry have pulled out of the squad for those games and, while Capello is still planning to use youngsters, he seems more flexible in drafting in more experienced players when needed.

"The door is open always for all the players but now I think about the young players," stated Capello.

"They need to play more games. More experience. We know the value of the old players."

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