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Gullit to Capello: Keep Becks, Ditch Shearer
Telegraph, December 21st, 2007 3:45PM

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The London Telegraph interviews L.A. Galaxy coach Ruud Gullit about his views regarding the recent appointment of Fabio Capello as England head coach. Gullit actually played for Capello in the great AC Milan side of the early 1990s. The Dutchman offered this advice for the Italian coach: pick David Beckham, not Alan Shearer.

In his time as manager of Newcastle United, Gullit found himself at odds with Alan Shearer, the club's beloved striker. Now the man who many feel doomed Gullit's tenure at Newcastle to failure is line to become Capello's assistant. "You must have experience and for me [Shearer] would be a surprising choice," Gullit said. "Shearer was a good player but I felt he could have done more for me at Newcastle and I actually had an argument with him about it. I told him we could play the old way or the new. It was very difficult because to do my work properly I felt I had to change things. Then I saw that I couldn't win this fight, but 10 years later they are struggling in the same position. So I was right," he said. To that point the Dutchman added that former Chelsea star Gianfranco Zola would be a better choice -- although the English most likely won't want Capello to appoint yet another Italian to his staff.

Meanwhile, the Dutchman thinks David Beckham is and should remain the heart of the English national team. As coach of Real Madrid, Capello, of course, famously ditched Beckham only to recall him once his job was on the line. "Everybody knows he is the best player in the squad," the Dutchman said of Becks, adding that he has another two years at the top of his game.

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