Background role for Becks

Image: Beckham: Still part of the camp

Fabio Capello insists injured midfielder David Beckham will not undertake any coaching duties at this summer's World Cup.

Former skipper will not take on an active role on the training field

Fabio Capello insists David Beckham will not undertake any coaching duties at this summer's World Cup. Reports had suggested that the former England captain would form part of Capello's backroom staff in South Africa. He has been ruled out of the tournament after sustaining an Achilles injury while on duty for AC Milan in March. The 35-year-old is desperate to remain involved, though, and is determined to play any part he can in England's quest to secure global glory. Capello is more than happy to keep the patriotic midfielder involved, but insists he will not play any role on the training field and is merely in the travelling party to help raise morale. "David Beckham will not be on my coaching staff. Absolutely not," said Capello.

Respect

"He will stay with us and he can help us during the World Cup. "But there will be no coaching. You have to respect the other coaches." Capello believes Beckham's infectious enthusiasm could be key in South Africa, while his considerable experience at international level makes him a useful presence to have around the camp. "Beckham is an example for everyone else," said Capello. "There were so many times when he could have gone on holiday, but he preferred to be with us. "He is dedicated to the England team and to the 2018 World Cup bid."

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