2/5/08

David Beckham backs Capello

David Beckham says it would have been unfair for him to be called up for England's friendly against Switzerland this week.

Becks agreed with England coach Italian born Fabio Capello, who said last week that he did not include the former captain in his first squad because he had not played a competitive match since November.

"I half expected it because I know what Fabio Capello is like as a manager," Beckham told Sky Sports TV. "If he thinks you're not fit and ready to play, then you won't be in the team. I totally respect that and totally understand that.

"There are a lot of Premiership players who have played 15 games in the last two months and I haven't played a game since December."

The 32-year-old Beckham had been training with Arsenal in the hope of being called up for his 100th international appearance, but has instead returned to the United States for Major League Soccer's pre-season.

"I'd done everything I could to make myself available," Beckham said. "I worked hard for a month with Arsenal. I did go to Sierra Leone and Brazil, but those trips were only four days long and for the rest of the month I was training very hard.

"It's simply down to not playing any games."

Capello also dropped David Beckham last season when the two were at Real Madrid, but ended up recalling the midfielder and the Spanish giants went on to win La Liga.

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