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Beckam likely to be axed from England squad

The 31-year-old former skipper will not feature in new England manager Steve McClaren's squad for Euro Champions.

india Updated: Aug 11, 2006 16:53 IST

David Beckham will not feature in new England manager Steve McClaren's first squad to be revealed later on Friday, according to reports in London.

The 31-year-old, who stepped down as captain in June, returned to club action for Real Madrid this week after suffering an Achilles injury during the World Cup quarter-final loss to Portugal.

Although free from injury and available for selection Beckham's name is not expected to be on McClaren's list to play European champions Greece in a friendly at Old Trafford on August 16, as the new England boss looks to stamp his mark on the team.

The Football Association will not comment on the subject until the new manager appears at a press conference in London.

McClaren worked closely with Beckham at Manchester United as well as England and he is unlikely to write-off Beckham's international career - at least in public.

Beckham has played 94 times for his country and captained them on 59 occasions. He has said he wants to remain available to reach 100 caps.

Caretaker boss Peter Taylor first made him skipper - for a friendly in Italy in 2000, and former boss Sven-Goran Eriksson made it permanent in 2001.

First Published: Aug 11, 2006 16:24 IST