Capello - Becks in contention

Fabio Capello has admitted that David Beckham could be handed his 100th England cap against France.

The former skipper is currently marooned one short of the landmark and was left out of the Italian's first squad for the recent friendly with Switzerland.

However, Capello has now revealed that he will check on the midfielder's fitness in the next few weeks and fully expects him to feature at the Stade de France.

Beckham did pick up a slight knock playing for the Los Angeles Galaxy in a recent friendly against a combined Shanghai-Hong Kong side, but the injury is not expected to keep him out for long.


"Los Angeles Galaxy play in Dallas on 14th March and (assistant manager) Franco Baldini or I will go to see him and assess his fitness," said the England boss.

"He is in contention for France. We will check on him in Dallas and then we will decide whether he will be fit for that squad.

"He will get his 100th cap if he is fit and in form.

"I know Beckham very well from Real Madrid and I hope David will play the 100th game and get that cap.

"I understand from reading his last interview that at this moment his fitness isn't good and I will phone him because I want to know exactly what he thinks about his fitness."