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Last Updated: Sunday, 18 February 2007, 12:19 GMT
FA dismisses reports over Beckham
David Beckham
Midfielder Beckham is in the international wilderness
The Football Association has insisted that England boss Steve McClaren did not ask his senior players if he should recall Real Madrid's David Beckham.

A Sunday newspaper claimed McClaren consulted his players over whether he should pick the ex-England skipper for March's Euro 2008 qualifier in Israel.

But FA director of communications Adrian Bevington said: "I have spoken to Steve McClaren regarding this story.

"He categorically stated that there is no truth whatsoever in this."

McClaren said on Wednesday he had no plans to speak to Beckham, although he has also said in the past that he would never close the door on any player regarding selection.

Beckham stood down as England captain on 2 July of last year after England's exit from the World Cup finals.

On 11 August McClaren dropped him from the England squad for the friendly against Greece, his first match as manager.

Meanwhile, Beckham was sent off on Saturday as Real Madrid were held to a goalless draw by Real Betis.

The 31-year-old was shown a straight red card in injury time at the Bernabeu after scything down Isidoro from behind.

SEE ALSO
Beckham sent off in Madrid draw
17 Feb 07 |  Europe
England reduce friendly programme
15 Feb 07 |  Internationals
We will make Euro 2008 - McClaren
08 Feb 07 |  Internationals
Top clubs 'not helping' McClaren
08 Feb 07 |  Internationals
McClaren gets Ferguson's support
09 Feb 07 |  Internationals


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