Capello issues Becks warning

Image: Beckham: Capello has spoken

Fabio Capello has warned David Beckham he needs to be playing in a top league in the second half of the season.

England boss lays down the law over WC hopes

Fabio Capello has warned David Beckham he needs to be playing in a top European league in the second half of the season if he is to stand any chance of making England's World Cup squad. The 34-year-old is back in the reckoning on the international arena following a successful loan stint at AC Milan last term. Beckham is currently back at parent club LA Galaxy but Capello has made no secret of the fact he holds little regard for the standard of MLS football. A move back to the San Siro has been mooted at the conclusion of the MLS campaign, with Beckham having set his heart on returning to Europe once his commitments in America have been met. Capello, who brought Beckham back into the fold after a spell in the international wilderness, has issued a stark warning for the one-time England skipper. "Beckham knows well that if he doesn't return to a big European championship in December he'll have no chance for the World Cup," Capello told the Gazzetta dello Sport.

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