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Beckham quick to back Capello


David Beckham believes it was the players and not Fabio Capello who were to blame for England's dire form at this summer's World Cup and has reiterated that he has no interest in becoming his country's next manager.

England finished second in their group after dismal draws against the USA and Algeria were followed by a narrow 1-0 success against Slovenia.

Capello's team were then thrashed 4-1 by Germany at the last-16 stage although they were unfortunate when Frank Lampard's effort was not allowed to stand even though the ball had clearly crossed the line.

Beckham has been quick to back Capello, who will remain in charge of England for another two years, saying:"He did everything that he could have done.

"He prepared us right. He worked the players to the right amount and he set everything up for the players, but obviously the players know it was disappointing.

"We didn't perform and as players you know that – you know when you don't perform, you know when you don't play well.

"The manager can do so much and then it's down to the players. The players go on to the pitch and they know if they don't perform they don't win games.

"The players are honest about that but it's not about individuals, it's not about how individuals play – it's about how we played as a team. It's a cliche but you win as a team and you lose as a team.

"You have to take the good days and enjoy those, and the bad days you learn from and the team will do that because we've got a lot of young players."

When asked if he wanted to be a manager in the future, the 35-year-old added:"It isn't a passion of mine and I don't see me doing that in the future.

"I'm passionate about the game and being there and obviously I was wearing the suit so people have looked and thought I could be going into that. If there was anything that needed saying from the manager to the players, that was kind of my role.

"I enjoyed that but, coaching-wise, I love coaching kids – that's one of the reasons I have my academies – the children. I love seeing their faces when they're kicking the ball around. I love the enthusiasm, the honesty – that's one of the things I love doing.

"But coaching a team, being a manager, at this point in my career I don't want to do that and in the future I don't think that will happen either."

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