Becks backing for Capello

24 December 2007 09:57
David Beckham has backed Fabio Capello's appointment as England manager and hopes to be part of the Italian's first international squad. The former captain is one cap away from reaching his century of international appearances but has not always seen eye-to-eye with Capello. Beckham was dropped by the Italian coach at former club Real Madrid after deciding to sign for LA Galaxy midway through last season. The 32-year-old was eventually recalled to the first team after two months in the wilderness and helped Real pip rivals Barcelona to the Spanish title. Reports have suggested Beckham may be the most high-profile casualty of Capello's appointment when he names his first squad for a friendly against Switzerland on February 6. But the former England captain is hopeful of remaining part of the international set-up. "Fabio is one of the managers players look up to and want to manage them. I hope I'll be part of his plans," he told BBC Radio Two. "I think he is going to be great for the players and the England team. "There were ups and downs with me and the manager at the time (at Real Madrid) but he brought me back into the team and he had the belief in me to put me back in the team. "It gave me an amazing end and I was sad when he got the sack as I believe he had turned the club and the players around and given the fans what they deserved - a trophy. "I think he is a great appointment for England. Everyone wants someone leading you that has respect and success. He has definitely got that in his career."

Source: ESA