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Beckham: Players to blame

July 14, 2010
By Soccernet staff

David Beckham has absolved Fabio Capello of any blame for England's disastrous World Cup campaign, instead admitting that the players did not perform well as a team.

David Beckham plays for LA Galaxy in MLS
GettyImagesDavid Beckham plays for LA Galaxy in MLS

England suffered their worst World Cup campaign since 1958 when failing to finish top of Group C and then losing 4-1 to Germany in the second round. FIFA ranked England 13th out of the 32 teams at the tournament.

After a brief period of reflection, the Football Association placed its faith in Capello ahead of the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign and Beckham, who joined Capello's coaching staff after injury ruled him out of the tournament, says the country's failings were down to underperforming players.

"He (Capello) did everything that he could have done," Beckham said. "He prepared us right. He worked the players to the right amount and he set everything up for the players, but obviously the players know it was disappointing.

"We didn't perform and as players you know that - you know when you don't perform, you know when you don't play well. The manager can do so much and then it's down to the players. The players go on to the pitch and they know if they don't perform they don't win games.

"The players are honest about that but it's not about individuals, it's not about how individuals play - it's about how we played as a team. It's a cliche but you win as a team and you lose as a team. You have to take the good days and enjoy those, and the bad days you learn from and the team will do that because we've got a lot of young players."

During the few days that Capello's future was in doubt, it was suggested in some quarters that Beckham would make a suitable replacement, despite possessing no coaching experience. The LA Galaxy midfielder says he has no inclination to pursue a career in management though.

"I must admit it's something I've never been interested in," Beckham said. "It's not a passion of mine to be a manager of a football team. I'm passionate about the game and being there and obviously I was wearing the suit so people have looked and thought I could be going into that.

"I spoke to James (Milner), Shaun (Wright-Phillips), Aaron (Lennon) ... all the right-sided players. I spoke to all the players. If there's anything that needed saying from the manager of the players, that was kind of my role.

"I enjoyed that but, coaching-wise, I love coaching kids - that's one of the reasons I have my academies - the children, I love seeing their faces when they're kicking the ball around. I love the enthusiasm, the honesty - that's one of the things I love doing.

"But coaching a team, being a manager, at this point in my career I don't want to do that and in the future I don't think that will happen either."

Beckham did reveal he wants to play for Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics as one of the over-age players.

"If I'm still playing and I'm still considered to make a difference to the team I'd love to be involved," Beckham said.