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Roberto Carlos: Board, not Capello, axed Real Madrid's Beckham

The Fenerbahce star, writing for the Observer, penned: "Early in that season there was the problem with David Beckham but it was not Capello who threw him out of the team. Whatever it might have looked like, that was a decision that came from the board and Capello was forced to accept it. It really surprised me the way he was left alone to take the blame for that story. It seemed it was his fault, but it wasn't.

"David, meanwhile, was relaxed and tranquil - he knew he would be needed sooner rather than later. After a few games Capello analysed the situation and realised there was only one option: to go against his bosses and bring Beckham back.

"He called David, said he was sorry and told him he was back in the team. David wasn't mad, not at all. There were no bad feelings because he knew it wasn't Capello's fault. Now, I am sure that Capello will select Beckham for England - 100 per cent sure. He will call David and I think he will make him his captain.

"What Capello likes to see in a player is commitment to training well, and motivation. Whoever practises well will play. For him, the names don't really count, there are no stars."

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