England coach Fabio Capello says he will not pick David Beckham to play in another competitive international.

The Italian said he wants to build around players younger than the 35-year-old ex-Manchester United star.

Asked if Beckham was in his plans, Capello said: “No, I need to change it. David is a fantastic player but I think we need new players for the future.”

Capello said Beckham could play once more for England at Wembley so fans could pay tribute to the ex-skipper.

The Italian, who said he has not spoken to Beckham about his future, stated: “If he is fit, I hope we will play one more game here at Wembley so the fans can say goodbye.”

Capello was speaking after watching his new-look England side defeat Hungary 2-1 in a friendly at Wembley – their first match since the World Cup.

Theo Walcott and Adam Johnson both impressed in Beckham’s favoured position on the right wing.

“I saw four young players tonight,” the coach told BBC Radio 5 live. “This is the future of the team under Fabio Capello or another manager.”

Former captain Beckham has 115 England caps – more than any other outfield player.

His last appearance for England was as a substitute in October 2009 in a 3-0 World Cup qualifying win against Belarus.

He missed out on playing in the World Cup in South Africa because of an Achilles tendon injury.

Capello’s feelings were first revealed in a television interview before Wednesday night’s friendly, prompting Beckham’s agent to release a statement confirming the player’s desire to carry on playing for England.

It read: “For your information, there has been no discussion of retirement. He will always be available for his country, when fit and if needed he will be there.”

In an interview with BBC Sport in July, the former Real Madrid midfielder said he still believed he had something to offer England.

“I’m not ready to step aside,” he said. “If I don’t get picked for England again then I’m very proud of my record, 100 starts and 115 games. I’m very proud of that but I still believe I have a part to play.

“I take each day, week, month and year as it comes. Like I say, I never want to step down from playing for my country.”

Steven Gerrard, who scored both goals for England on Wednesday night, tipped Beckham to work hard to force himself back into Capello’s thinking.

“I’m sure that if he hears that news, it’ll drive him on and he’ll try to prove people wrong and try to get back in the set-up because I know he loves playing for England,” he said.

Reflecting on his former team-mate’s international career, Gerrard said Beckham would enjoy “legendary status” among supporters.

“He’s put a long shift in as an England player. He’s had some fantastic performances, some fantastic goals, memories. I’ve learnt a lot from David and it’s been a pleasure to play alongside him.”

Goalkeeper Joe Hart described Beckham as an “ambassador for the game” who was an “icon to the players.”

Beckham made his England debut in 1996 and helped his country qualify for the 1998 World Cup under Glenn Hoddle.

After scoring a superb free-kick in the group stages, Beckham was sent off in the round of 16 for kicking Argentina’s Diego Simeone and subsequently vilified as England went out of the tournament.

But he remained one of his country’s most important players and was named captain by interim manager Peter Taylor for a friendly against Italy in 2000.

Sven-Goran Eriksson stuck by Taylor’s choice and Beckham was inspirational in England’s qualifying for the 2002 World Cup, sealing their place at the tournament with a last-minute free-kick against Greece.

Beckham captained England on 58 occasions, tearfully relinquishing the armband after their exit from the 2006 World Cup.

He was dropped by Steve McClaren but was restored to the side as England’s qualifying campaign for Euro 2008 faltered.

He played a role in 16 of the 21 matches matches under Capello before a ruptured Achilles tendon, suffered when playing on loan for AC Milan, put paid to his hopes of appearing in a fourth straight World Cup.

Instead, he was a member of Capello’s back-up staff as England crashed out to Germany in the last 16.

Beckham returned to full training with LA Galaxy on Wednesday and is hoping to return to Major League Soccer action in October.

Source: BBC

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