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David Beckham now 'a little too old' for England's national team

Sooner or later, it had to come to this for David Beckham.

Fabio Capello, coach of England's national team, no longer wants Becks on the team because he's "a little bit old" at 35 and coming off Achilles' tendon surgery.

"We will all remember some of those great free kicks, some of those great moments that he's been responsible for," British prime minister David Cameron said, in an Associated Press report, about Capello's decision. "I'm sure lots of people will be sad that he's not going to be playing for England again."

Beckham has not indicated that he'll retire.

"I still wouldn't write him off yet and I wish him well," said Sunderland manager Steve Bruce, who was at Manchester United during the first five years of Beckham's career. "He's a decent lad and he's always been absolutely 100 percent dedicated to football.

"Once he gets himself fit again, you never know because he's a resilient so-and-so."

By Cindy Boren  |  August 12, 2010; 11:47 AM ET
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