The Italian has realised that a failing England have pandered to the wishes of their top players for too long. One guy getting 100 caps is nothing compared to the future health of the team. Fellow wingers David Bentley, Shaun Wright Phillips and Ashley Young need international matches under their belt and Capello has wisely picked them for next week’s friendly with Switzerland.
Capello has been bold and not allowed sentiment to get in the way of who he picked for his first squad. Although he has trained at Arsenal, David Beckham has not played a competitive game since November and if that had been the case for any other player, they too would have been left out of Capello’s first England squad.
This is totally different to Steve McClaren’s attempt at stamping false authority on the team by dropping Beckham when he took over. This is not a gimmick by Capello, this is a sensible footballing decision. Beckham may, and hopefully will get 100 caps, but at least he knows he’ll need to be match fit and have worked hard for it.