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Old 08-13-2010, 05:23 AM
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After more than 100 games, three World Cups and years living as an international icon, David Beckham's England career may be over for good.

David Beckham takes part in his first practice since returning to the Los Angeles Galaxy MLS soccer team, at the Galaxy's practice facility at Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010. (AP Photo)
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England coach Fabio Capello said on Wednesday that the 35-year-old former captain is too old and will no longer be a part of his plans as he prepares for the 2012 European Championship qualifying campaign.

“David is a fantastic player, he was really important, but we have to see the new players for the future because the age is important for a lot of people, not only for David. I hope he can play one more friendly game to say bye bye.” Capello said.

“Did I phone him before I went on television? No. I think I will speak with him. We tried to speak with him. But I think David knows he has no future with the international team because we have to change. We tried to speak with him.'' Capello further stated. (AP Photo)
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Capello spoke while Beckham was in the United States training with the Los Angeles Galaxy for the first time in five months. Beckham has repeatedly said he has no plans of retiring from playing for England.

Chris Klein (7) joins David Beckham (23) in Beckham's first practice since returning to the Los Angeles Galaxy MLS soccer team, at the Galaxy's practice facility at Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010. (AP Photo)
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Beckham went to the World Cup in South Africa in June as a member of Capello's off-field staff after being sidelined following Achilles' tendon surgery. (AP Photo)
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Speaking in Carson, California, before Capello's comments, Beckham had said: “I've always said that I won't retire from playing for my country, whether I never get picked again, play one more game or 10 more games. There are a lot of good young players coming through. We'll see.”

David Beckham talks to reporters after his first practice since returning to the Los Angeles Galaxy MLS soccer team. (AP Photo)
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