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It's over for Becks, I'm changing everything - Capello

ESPN staff
August 13, 2010
Fabio Capello is looking to the future with his selection policy © Getty Images
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Fabio Capello has confirmed that David Beckham's England career is over after declaring that he intends to "change everything" with the national team.

The Italian admitted before England's 2-1 friendly win over Hungary that Beckham was "too old" to play any part in the 2012 European Championship qualifying campaign.

He did, however, offer the 35-year-old an olive branch by stating his intention to allow Beckham to say farewell to the fans by appearing in one last non-competitive match, most likely against France.

Beckham has reportedly snubbed this offer, and now Capello has confirmed that the curtain has been definitively brought down on the former England captain's storied international career.

"No," said the Italian when asked whether Beckham could remain within the England fold. "I am changing everything and we are going forward. David Beckham is a fantastic man and a fantastic player. My relationship with him is really good."

Capello revealed that he was enthused by the performances of the new faces - Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs, Bobby Zamora - that he brought into the team for the Hungary victory.

"We need young players and we need talented players and the players we used against Hungary are young and they have talent," he said.

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