The England manager Fabio Capello insists his relationship with David Beckham is excellent despite the former captain's reported annoyance at not receiving a phone call to announce that his international career was effectively over.
After Capello let slip in an ITV interview that Beckham was too old to play competitive games for his country, England's general manager Franco Baldini spoke directly to Beckham, and a Football Association media officer also contacted Beckham's representative Simon Oliveira to warn him that the interview was being transmitted before the match against Hungary.
"My relationship with him is really good," Capello said. "It's not a big problem in terms of the relationship between me and David, absolutely no problem." After a torrid three months, the manager seems more concerned about his relationship with the press, telling a Sunday newspaper briefing: "Please. Every time I speak I have to think 10 times before opening my mouth because you want to find something wrong when I speak. You're asked about Beckham and what do you say? I said what I thought."
Capello also insists there is no question of Wayne Rooney being forced out of England duty after being booed by some of the Wembley crowd on Wednesday. "Absolutely not. He's a really good man and he wants to stay with us. I did a study once: how long does a player need to find good form? The answer is a minimum 500 to 600 minutes. He has to play that amount of time – minimum. Right now, Rooney has played 115 minutes. We have to wait."Reuse content