Shilton accuses Capello of handing out freebie England caps to Beckham

October 24th, 2008 - 3:24 pm ICT by ANI  

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London, Oct 24 (ANI): Former goalkeeper Peter Shilton has accused coach Fabio Capello of handing out freebie England caps to David Beckham.

Goalkeeping legend Shilton is Englands most capped player with 125 appearances.

Midfielder Becks, 33, will equal Bobby Moore in second place if he receives his 108th cap against Germany in Berlin on November 19.

Shilton, although impressed with Beckhams contribution when coming on as a sub in the 5-1 win over Kazakhstan, was stunned when Three Lions boss Capello gave the LA Galaxy star a two-minute run-out in Belarus last week.

Shilton, who made his appearances between 1970 and 1990, said: Id be the first to shake David Beckham’’s hand if he beats my record. But I dont think anybody should be given England caps. I could see the thought process in bringing Beckham on against Kazahkstan because it was obvious they would tire in the last 15 minutes.

They had done so much running to keep the score where it was. We were hoping to get a few goals, and to bring someone on like David, with lots of space on the pitch, who could put some quality balls in and help us get an extra couple more goals, in a way was justifiable, he added.

Ive been David Beckhams biggest fan but youve got to look at the facts. Is he going to play regularly for a full 90 minutes? Youd have to ask the manager, The Sun quoted Shilton, as saying. (ANI)

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