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ESPNsoccernet understands Fabio Capello has not yet closed the door on David Beckham's international career and the midfielder could win a recall if he moves to Europe in a loan deal in January.
• Capello turns to youth
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While Capello is focused on bringing through young players following a poor World Cup in South Africa, and on Saturday is expected to include the likes of Jack Wilshere, Andy Carroll, Jordan Henderson and Phil Jones in his squad to face France next week, he has not precluded an unlikely return for Beckham in the future.
The LA Galaxy midfielder won the last of his 115 caps against Belarus in October 2009 and appeared to have been cast into the international wilderness when, prior to a friendly against Hungary three months ago, Capello said he was "too old" to be considered.
After criticism for his perceived mishandling of the situation, Capello soon clarified that Beckham's England career was not definitively over and it appears the Italian has not wavered from that stance.
Capello's inner circle have been impressed by Beckham's determination in recovering from the serious Achilles injury that forced him to miss the World Cup, and his recent performances have been met with glowing reviews in MLS.
Though Capello's team are not directly encouraging Beckham to once again leave LA Galaxy in January - following successive loan spells with AC Milan - it is thought that a good showing in Europe would enhance his chances of returning to the international fold.
An FA source told ESPNsoccernet: "Fabio's comments about David have been misunderstood. He said he is looking to the young players, looking to the future, and that does not include David Beckham. Of course it does not. However, it doesn't preclude him either.
"Fabio's criteria is simple, he wants to look to young players, but equally if a player such as David Beckham is playing at a high level of performance than he will be selected on merit.
"David Beckham will be considered for selection, but if he goes on loan than that is completely his decision. It is entirely up to him. It will be at his own risk. However, if, when his season finishes with Galaxy, he doesn't play from December until April, there is no way that the manager can select a player like that."
Beckham has stated he does not intend to leave LA Galaxy on loan for a third time, as in the wake of his Achilles injury neither he nor the club want to place such a burden on his fitness.
But if Beckham believes there is the slightest chance of an England comeback he will think again and may try to persuade Galaxy to let him go for perhaps just a short three-month loan period.