England coach Fabio Capello hinted on Wednesday that David Beckham‘s international career could be over.
Beckham was unable to play in the World Cup due to an Achilles injury suffered while on loan at AC Milan in March, but the LA Galaxy midfielder had hoped to return to England dutywhen he was fully fit.
The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star went to the World Cup as part of Capello‘sbackroom staff but the Italian, speaking ahead of Wednesday‘s friendly against Hungary at Wembley, made it clear there was little chance of a recall for the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.
"I say thank you very much for helping me at the World Cup but probably he is a little bit old," Capello told ITV.
If Capello is true to his word, the 35-year-old former England captain will end his international career with 115 caps, the most number for any England outfield player but 10 short of Peter Shilton‘s overall national record.
cap: a selection for a representative team, usually for a national squad（入选国家队，代表国家队出场）
outfield player: 外场球员，也就是除守门员外的球员