Capello: Beckham not a coach

Fabio Capello has moved swiftly to deny reports that David Beckham will take up a coaching role in his England set-up during the World Cup finals.

Beckham, 35, will miss the tournament in South Africa through injury after rupturing an Achilles tendon while playing for AC Milan back in March.

The Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder and former international captain has taken up an offer from Capello to join the squad during the tournament.

However, the Italian has stressed that Beckham will not be directly involved in coaching.

"David Beckham will not be on my coaching staff. Absolutely not," said Capello.

"He will stay with us and he can help us during the World Cup.

"But there will be no coaching. You have to respect the other coaches."

Instead Capello hopes Beckham can set an example for the playing members of his squad during the course of the four-week tournament.

"We have to speak with him because we have different projects," continued Capello.

"He can do things around South Africa. He is an example for everyone else.

"There were so many times when he could have gone on holiday but he preferred to be with us.

"He is dedicated to the England team and to the 2018 World Cup bid."

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