Beckham recalled by England for Spain friendlyFebruary 8th, 2009 - 1:32 pm ICT by IANS
London, Feb 8 (DPA) England manager Fabio Capello recalled David Beckham to his squad for Wednesday’s friendly international against Spain.
Beckham’s performances in his loan spell with AC Milan of late clearly impressed Capello, who also coached the former England captain at Real Madrid.
Should he play against Spain, Beckham will equal the record of 108 outfield appearances for his country, held by Bobby Moore.
Wayne Rooney, who is close to full fitness after injury, was left out of the squad, while Carlton Cole and James Milner were both included for the first time.
Emile Heskey is doubtful for the side after coming off in Aston Villa’s match at Blackburn on Saturday, while Steven Gerrard also missed out because of injury.
“(The game with Spain) is very important because it will be a different style of play,” Capello said.
“Against Germany (in England’s last match) they were the runners-up in the European Championship, but this will be different.
“I’m very interested in this game because Spain play fantastic football, very quick. But we are strong and I think England will be strong in Spain.
“I am very confident in my team, I have big confidence.”
Goalkeepers: David James, Robert Green, Joe Hart; Defenders: Wayne Bridge, Ashley Cole, Rio Ferdinand, Phil Jagielka, Glen Johnson, John Terry, Matthew Upson, Luke Young; Midfielders: David Beckham, Gareth Barry, Michael Carrick, Stewart Downing, Frank Lampard, James Milner, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Ashley Young; Forwards: Gabriel Agbonlahor, Carlton Cole, Peter Crouch, Emile Heskey