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Beckham set to equal Moore caps

David Beckham
Beckham was a late substitute against Kazakhstan and Belarus

Fabio Capello has hinted David Beckham will equal World Cup-winning captain Bobby Moore's 108-cap tally by starting next month's friendly against Germany.

Beckham, 33, has failed to start any of England's last four competitive games.

And the LA Galaxy midfielder has been criticised by some for picking up 'cheap' caps for his country.

But the England manager said: "Beckham might have played five minutes against Belarus but, for the next game, it is possible he might play all the game."

Beckham overtook Sir Bobby Charlton's tally of 106 caps when he came on as a substitute in the closing stages against Belarus on Wednesday.

Capello maintains the former England captain still has a role to play in the England set-up for the foreseeable future, although he may not pick the midfielder for February's friendly with Spain as it would be the close season in the MLS.

Beckham transmits confidence in the other players. This is very important for the group

Fabio Capello
"For the game against Spain, if he is not playing, he will not be in the squad," Capello explained.

"He is good for the group. This is important. In fact, this is very important - his influence.

"He knows everything. He transmits confidence in the other players. This is very important for the group.

"I have to choose the first XI and at the moment I choose Theo Walcott and Shaun Wright-Phillips who are playing well."

The former Real Madrid boss added that he did not know how many caps Beckham had accumulated, saying: "For me, it is not interesting to record everything.

"It is not in my mind. My mind is the victory, the game, the best 11. I don't think about it.

"Does Beckham deserve to be in the company of Charlton and Moore? I don't know. I don't know how many games they played."


Meanwhile, Capello is unsure whether England will have the same energy and superior fitness levels when they resume their World Cup qualifying campaign against Ukraine in April.

He added: "It is frustrating to now have six months without a competitive game but we knew this.

"We have been lucky because we have played two games twice. Some have only played three matches.

"We have to wait a lot now. At the moment we are in very good physical condition because we always play better in the second half of games because the other teams play strong and press a lot.

"In the last 20 minutes, they are competed out and we are strong. Whether we will be the same physical condition in April, I don't know."

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