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Beckham focused on playing

July 2, 2010
By Soccernet staff

David Beckham has dismissed suggestions he could be a contender to replace Fabio Capello as England manager.

David Beckham was a bystander during England's World Cup campaign
GettyImagesDavid Beckham was a bystander during England's World Cup campaign

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Capello looks set to keep his job despite England's disappointing World Cup campaign, but there have been many calls in the media for the Italian to leave and be replaced by an Englishman.

Given the success Diego Maradona has enjoyed so far in South Africa, some have even suggested Beckham, 35, is the right man to inspire the players, but the LA Galaxy midfielder insists he is fully focused on playing for the time being.

"While I am flattered to be talked about as a coach and am always available for my country, whenever I am needed, I still see myself as a player and remain supportive of the manager," he told Yahoo! Sport.

Beckham, who was ruled out of the finals with an Achilles' tendon injury, travelled to South Africa along with the squad and admits he was surprised that the players performed so poorly in their matches.

"We didn't play at the level we knew that we were capable of," he said. "Over the four matches we weren't good enough and, regardless of the goal that never was, Germany played better than we did over the 90 minutes and deserved to go through.

"Having seen the lads in training, the spirit was good, everyone trained at a really high level; it was just disappointing we couldn't transfer that onto the pitch.

"As a team, we have to learn from everything that's happened, come back stronger and play to our potential."