Football: Beckham Axed, While Macienne Gets Surprise England Call-Up
Posted November 16, 2008on:
LONDON – David Beckham has been axed from Fabio Capello’s 23-man England squad for Wednesday’s friendly against Germany in Berlin, while there was a surprise call-up for Chelsea defender Michael Mancienne.
Capello left out Beckham because the LA Galaxy midfielder hasn’t played since the Major League season ended on October 26.
Beckham is due to join AC Milan on loan in January and could get the chance to equal Bobby Moore’s tally of 108 caps in England’s next friendly against Spain in February.
Mancienne, 20, is yet to play a game for Chelsea but Capello has been impressed by his performances on loan for Championship leaders Wolverhampton and the England Under-21 team.
Uncapped Aston Villa duo Gabriel Agbonlahor and Curtis Davies are also included, as is John Terry even though the England captain is due to have a scan on a foot injury he suffered in Chelsea’s 3-0 win at West Bromich on Saturday.
There were also recalls for in-form Tottenham striker Darren Bent and Manchester City pair Micah Richards and Joe Hart.
Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney were absent after missing Manchester United’s win over Stoke with injuries.
England squad to play Germany in a friendly international in Berlin on Wednesday:
Goalkeepers: Scott Carson (West Bromwich), Joe Hart (Man City), David James (Portsmouth)
Defenders: Wayne Bridge (Chelsea), Curtis Davies (Aston Villa), Glen Johnson (Portsmouth), John Terry (Chelsea), Joleon Lescott (Everton), Michael Mancienne (Chelsea, on loan at Wolverhampton), Micah Richards (Man City), Matthew Upson (West Ham)
Midfielders: Gareth Barry (Aston Villa), Michael Carrick (Man Utd), Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Shaun Wright-Phillips (Man City), Ashley Young (Aston Villa)
Strikers: Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa), Darren Bent (Tottenham), Peter Crouch (Portsmouth), Jermain Defoe (Portsmouth), Theo Walcott (Arsenal)
– AFP /ls
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