If Beckham's fit, he plays, says Capello

Updated: 15 February 2008 15:59 IST

England manager Fabio Capello on Sunday assured David Beckham that he will win his coveted 100th cap if he gets fit playing for Los Angeles Galaxy.

London:

England manager Fabio Capello on Sunday assured David Beckham that he will win his coveted 100th cap if he gets fit playing for Los Angeles Galaxy.

The former England skipper was left out of Capello's first squad for the friendly international against Switzerland last week on the grounds that he was not match fit, having not been involved in a competitive game since November.

The 32-year-old has returned to pre-season training with the Galaxy but the Major League Soccer season does not kick off until March 29, three days after England's friendly against France in Paris.

However, Capello insists the five pre-season friendlies that the Galaxy have lined up may be enough for Beckham to feature at the Stade de France.

"Surely he will have played friendly matches and those will be important. If he is fit and ready to play then he will be part of my team," said Capello.

Meanwhile, Capello said he wanted the England team to develop the same sort of "fighting" attitude as Wayne Rooney.

Capello said, "I have watched three or four of Manchester United's matches recently and he was always like that.

"This is the spirit I want the team to pick up from him -- always fighting and having this sort of spirit is something I want him to transmit to the rest of the team. This attitude is very important."

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