Eriksson: David Beckham deserved more respect

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Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has suggested that Fabio Capello showed David Beckham a lack of respect in effectively ending his international career.

Capello suggested that Beckham was "probably too old" to continue playing competitive international football in a television interview before Wednesday's friendly victory over Hungary.

The 35-year-old former captain immediately issued a statement claiming he was not ready to retire from international football despite missing the World Cup finals with an Achilles injury.

Capello's decision to effectively end Beckham's 115-cap England career without informing the former captain has been widely condemned and now Eriksson has added his voice to those criticising the Italian.

When asked whether he would have spoken personally to Beckham, Eriksson told BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek programme:"If it's a player with 20 to 50 caps or more, then yes, absolutely.

"I did it many times. David Seaman was one of them.

"From my point of view, I would do it because I want to show respect to the players – especially those who have done a lot of good things for England in the past.

"David Beckham deserves all the respect you can give to him."

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