Beckham in line for record cap

07 February 2009 09:06
David Beckham will be given the chance to earn a record-equalling 108th international cap after being named in the England squad for next week's friendly against Spain. Beckham, 33, could move level with Bobby Moore as the most capped outfield player in England history should he make an appearance in next Wednesday's friendly in Seville. The former captain has impressed head coach Fabio Capello since joining AC Milan on loan last month from Los Angeles Galaxy. Meanwhile at the other end of the spectrum, there are first call-ups for West Ham United striker Carlton Cole and Aston Villa's James Milner. Both players have bags of under-21 experience and could make their full debuts against the European champions. However, there is no place for Wayne Rooney despite the Manchester United striker expected to be on the substitute's bench for his club against West Ham United on Sunday following his return from a hamstring injury. Elsewhere, Ashley Young - who is one of six Villa players in the 23-man squad - and Everton's Phil Jagielka will be hoping to make their first England starts after their recent breakthroughs at international level. Full England squad: Goalkeepers: James (Portsmouth), Green (West Ham), Hart (Man City). Defenders: Bridge (Man City), A Cole (Chelsea), R Ferdinand (Man Utd), Jagielka (Everton), G Johnson (Portsmouth), Terry (Chelsea), Upson (West Ham), L Young (Villa). Midfielders: Beckham, Barry (Villa), Carrick (Man Utd), Downing (Middlesbrough), Lampard (Chelsea), Milner (Villa), Wright-Phillips (Man City), A Young (Villa). Forwards: Agbonlahor (Villa), C Cole (West Ham), Crouch (Portsmouth), Heskey (Villa).

Source: ESA