By Ollie Irish
Feel the warmth
More proof of Fabio Capello’s inability to form a meaningful relationship with anything but expensive artwork comes via his admission that he ended David Beckham’s international career, in effect, but without bothering to tell Beckham before he announced it to the world. A bit like when he really wanted that nice young ginger fella to end his England exile, so much so that he got his assistant to make the call, with hardly any time for Scholes to make the call.
Capello said: “I hope when David is okay he can play here the last game at Wembley in a friendly to say goodbye and thank you very much to the crowd.
“I won’t be picking him for any more competitive matches.”
Blunt as ever from the Italian. He went on:
“David is a fantastic player, he was really important, but we have to see the new players for the future because the age is important for a lot of people, not only for David.
“Did I phone him before I went on television? No. I think I will speak with him. We tried to speak with him.
“But I think David knows he has no future with the international team because we have to change. We tried to speak with him.”
And Beckham is one of the players with a supposed good relationship with Capello!? Wow. The Italian is just like the scary father in ‘Shine’.
Incidentally, it’s totally the right decision to ditch Beckham, 35, and most of that Golden Generation – but don’t ‘tell’ Beckham he has ‘no future’ before you actually get around to telling him in person.
As Steven Gerrard says, Beckham is a fighter and won’t take this lying down. England’s captain said: “I’m sure that if he hears that news, it’ll drive him on and he’ll try to prove people wrong and try to get back in the set-up because I know he loves playing for England.”
Do you think Beckham will ever play for England again (in a competitive match, not a friendly hurrah?)