Fergie wants Becks century

25 January 2008 07:50
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes David Beckham should be allowed to win his 100th cap for England. Beckham spent more than a decade under Ferguson at Old Trafford but is stranded on 99 caps ahead of the announcement of Fabio Capello's first England squad for next month's friendly against Switzerland. The 32-year-old former England captain could be the highest profile casualty of the Italian's desire to stamp his authority on the under-performing squad, but Ferguson hopes his former midfielder is given the opportunity to reach the landmark. Beckham fell out with Capello at Real Madrid after revealing his intention to leave Spain and join Los Angeles Galaxy midway through last season. "To deny him his 100th cap would not be right and I think Fabio Capello has made up his mind about that," said Ferguson. "In fact, I don't think there is any doubt about that." Meanwhile, Ferguson has also suggested United defender Rio Ferdinand as a possible England captain with current skipper John Terry out through injury. "Rio has captained us a few times this season and experience is important in that role. Rio has more than 50 caps," he added. "John Terry has the position so I don't think Rio will be looking at it as the be-all and end-all. If it happens, I think he will be happy. "He wouldn't have captained my side if he wasn't capable of captaining England."

Source: ESA