Capello pleased to see Beckham’s fitness improving

Despite being pleased to see David Beckham making good progress

in his recovery from his Achilles’ injury, England coach Fabio

Capello is no closer to recalling the veteran midfielder.

Capello had originally hoped to use Wednesday’s friendly against

France as a chance for Beckham to draw an end to his England

career, after saying that the 35-year-old former captain was too

old now for a greater role.

But Beckham rejected that opportunity, while maintaining that he

would never retire from international football. And Capello

backtracked on his previous announcement to say that the Los

Angeles Galaxy player would always be considered for selection.

But while Beckham is virtually clear of his Achilles’ tendon

injury, he won’t be getting a chance to extend the appearance

record for an England outfield player to 116 caps on Wednesday.

Instead, Beckham is aiming for a second successive Major League

Soccer championship game – the MLS Cup – on Nov. 21. The Galaxy

plays FC Dallas in the Western Conference finals on Sunday.

”I watched a game that he played – he is getting better,”

Capello said. ”I am really happy with him.”

Despite not playing at a fourth World Cup, Beckham went to South

Africa in June as part of Capello’s backroom staff.

”During the World Cup he trained really hard every day,”

Capello told a briefing. ”This period was really important for him

because the Achilles’ tendon needs a lot of work and a lot of

training. The physio did a really good job.

”You know the door is open for all the players. He has said at

this moment he is focused on the games he has to play for LA


But Capello’s focus is selecting younger players for qualifying

for the 2012 European Championship.

And Beckham won’t be going on loan to a European team in January

like he did with AC Milan the last two years to keep fit during the

MLS offseason.