In a most unprecedented move, England coach Fabio Capello, announced the possible retirement of Beckham during comments he made in a television interview on Wednesday, ahead of a game between Hungary and England at the Wembley Stadium.
This pronouncement by Capello was made in the absence of Beckham, without his knowledge and without any prior discussion on the matter.
Capello described the 35 year old former Manchester United and Real Madrid player as, “a little bit old”. He said that he made the decision never to select Beckham to play for England again, without informing him and that Beckham was given no advance notice that such an announcement would have been made in the widely viewed interview with the British broadcasters, ITV.
Capello stated that he believes that even Beckham knows that he has no future with the team because England has to now look at new and younger players, to rebuild following a dismal performance at the FIFA World Cup recently held in South Africa.
However, a spokesman for David Beckham has stated that the football star has made no decision about retirement and he was in fact looking forward to recovering from his Achilles tendon injury suffered in March this year, so that he would be fit in time to gain what would be his 116 cap for England, in the the qualifiers for Euro 2012, scheduled for September.
Beckham was hoping to crown his illustrious football career with a fourth appearance at the World Cup but the injury stopped him dead in his tracks. He did manage to make it to South Africa though, but only as an ambassador for England’s 2018 World Cup bid.
Following England’s early exit from South Africa, there were wide speculations that the English FA might consider Beckham as a possible replacement for Capello, whom many thought would have been sacked. Beckham later confirmed that he had no interest in the position and eventually Capello’s contract was renewed.