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Capello Mum on England Captaincy, Beckham's Future

Fabio Capello met with the press again on Tuesday, addressing the topics of his first England squad, the team's captain, and, of course, David Beckham's England future. "The team I want is in my head, taking into account what I have seen so far and the games of England I've watched," Capello told reporters. "But to have an idea of what I can achieve, I first need to know the players well. Not only their characteristics with the ball, but their tactical sense on and off the ball." Capello's first game as England coach comes against Switzerland at Wembley on Feb. 6. England has five friendlies before it begins qualifying for South Africa 2010 in September.

During the press conference, Capello made it clear that he had not chosen a captain for his England squad. "The captaincy issue is a very important one for England," he said. "There are many things I have to evaluate and I must come up with the choice that is right and important. A captain must be a leader, someone who carries the team, somebody who in every moment is important for the team."

The Italian has yet to contact John Terry, England's captain under Steve McClaren, or David Beckham, captain under Sven Goran Eriksson. Beckham is currently training with Arsenal to stay in shape ahead of England's Feb. 6 friendly. "I have not met Beckham," the former Real Madrid coach said. "My first week was taken up by meetings and English lessons. Beckham is important for England and can still give a lot but, as everybody knows, all the players are equally important to me."

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