6/17/08

David Beckham thought his England career was over England

David Beckham backs World Cup bidImage by Downing Street via Flickr

David Beckham thought his career with England's national team was over when he was dropped in 2006 by the former manager Steve McClaren.  Becks doesn't expect any sentimentality from the current England coach Fabio Capello.

"I won't get a phone call when I'm left out and I won't expect one," David Beckham was quoted as saying in Tuesday's edition of The Times of London, speaking in an interview in Los Angeles. "With the manager, I could be sitting at home one day and not be in the squad and it is all over, and I won't complain.

"I just need to know that I have done as much as I can."

Capello restored David Beckham to the captaincy for the 3-0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago.

"I'm older, one of the more experienced, and if it (the captaincy) was handed to me at any point I would never turn it down. But there are lots of candidates who are ready for it now.

"We are very lucky because we've got players in our team who are leaders, captains - Steven Gerrard, Rio, JT (John Terry), we are very lucky to have a lot of leaders."

England play the Czech Republic in an exhibition match in August before World Cup qualifying begins the following month.

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