Saturday, February 07, 2009

Beckham returns to England squad

David Beckham has been named in Fabio Capello's England squad for the friendly against Spain on 11 February.

Beckham has impressed during his loan spell with AC Milan and will now be given the chance to equal Bobby Moore's record of 108 England appearances.

England manager Capello had hinted the 33-year-old was likely to win a recall.

Beckham's attempts to equal Moore's record have previously been frustrated - he was left out of the squad that beat Germany in Berlin in November.

"He is a media star and for this reason all the fans spoke about him in this way before he arrived; like a star not a player," said Capello earlier in the week.

"But now he has played three games, and every game has been better."

England squad:
Goalkeepers: Green (West Ham), Hart (Man City), James (Portsmouth).

Defenders: Bridge (Man City), A Cole (Chelsea), R Ferdinand (Man Utd), Jagielka (Everton), G Johnson (Portsmouth), Terry (Chelsea), Upson (West Ham), L Young (Villa).

Midfielders: Beckham (LA Galaxy), Barry (Villa), Carrick (Man Utd), Downing (Middlesbrough), Lampard (Chelsea), Milner (Villa), Wright-Phillips (Man City), A Young (Villa).

Forwards: Agbonlahor (Villa), C Cole (West Ham), Crouch (Portsmouth), Heskey (Villa).

Spain squad:
Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Pepe Reina (Liverpool).

Defenders: Raul Albiol (Valencia), Carlos Marchena (Valencia), Alvaro Arbeloa (Liverpool), Joan Capdevila (Villarreal), Juan Gutierrez (Real Betis), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Carles Puyol (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid).

Midfielders: Xabi Alonso (Liverpool), Albert Riera (Liverpool), Sergi Busquets (Barcelona), Santiago Cazorla (Villarreal), Marcos Senna (Villarreal), Xavi Hernandez (Barcelona), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), David Silva (Valencia).

Forwards: Daniel Guiza (Fenerbahce), Fernando Llorente (Athletic Bilbao ), Fernando Torres (Liverpool), David Villa (Valencia).

Source: BBCi

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