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Capello denies helping Beckham move

Published: 7:47AM Monday November 17, 2008 Source: Reuters

England coach Fabio Capello has denied fixing up David Beckham's three-month loan move to AC Milan.

Speculation in Italy has been rife that the former Milan coach had asked Rossoneri chief executive Adriano Galliani to take the LA Galaxy midfielder so he could stay fit and in contention for England during the US close season.

Asked what part he had played in the loan, Capello told Monday's Gazzetta Sportiva: "None. Galliani asked me my opinion on Beckham. I told him that he is a good player and a good person.

"Galliani spoke to me after having decided to take Beckham, not before."

However, Capello thinks the January move will be positive for the 33-year-old, who was omitted for this Thursday's friendly in Germany because he has not played since last month.

"I don't change my methods. Those who aren't playing don't join the national team," the Italian said. "If Galaxy had reached the playoffs, he would have been called up. He is a good player, I am sure he will play at Milan."

England failed to reach Euro 2008 but have won four World Cup qualifiers out of four since Capello took over. He thinks his side are well-prepared for another crack at Germany, having famously won 5-1 in Munich in 2001.

"I believe my players are ready for a match of this level after the successes in qualification for South Africa 2010. Now the players have faith in their ability and potential," he said.

"We have worked a lot at removing insecurity and fear. The improvement has been consistent, game after game. There are no limits for this England."

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