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Thursday, January 29, 2009
Capello impressed by Beckham

England boss Fabio Capello has confirmed he was impressed by David Beckham's latest performance for AC Milan.

However Capello insists he has not yet decided whether to include Beckham in his squad for the February 11 friendly against Spain in Seville.

Capello watched on as Beckham scored from a free-kick in Milan's draw against Genoa at the San Siro.

Beckham has played four matches for Milan, and scored twice, since joining on loan from the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Capello had welcomed Beckham's move to Milan, which ensured he remained active during the Major League Soccer off-season.

He could hand him a 108th cap in the match against Spain, which would see the former Manchester United midfielder match Bobby Moore's record number of appearances for an outfield England player.

Capello said: ''I must still decide, however I was happy with Beckham's performance yesterday. He seemed to be making progress from the previous games.''

Speaking at an awards event this evening in Milan, and quoted by Corriere dello Sport's website, Capello said: ''I was at the San Siro yesterday to check his performance and before that I had sent my assistants. He seems well integrated in the Milan team.''

Capello brushed aside the question of whether Beckham would be included in his squad for next year's World Cup in South Africa.

He said: ''We must qualify first, then I will think about who to select.''

Tonight it was reported by Sky Sports News that Beckham is registered with the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) until the end of June, meaning Milan would not need special dispensation to keep him beyond March 9, the date of his scheduled return to LA Galaxy, in the event of him seeking an extended stay.

However LA Galaxy are confident Beckham will return to the United States at the end of his two-month loan with Milan.

Milan head coach Carlo Ancelotti has offered plenty of praise for Beckham since his arrival but has stressed the 33-year-old must make the decision on where he wants to spend the rest of his club career.

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