London: Former captain David Beckham has been left out of coach Fabio Capello’s first England squad for next week’s friendly against Switzerland at Wembley, British media reported on Thursday.
The LA Galaxy midfielder has not played a competitive match since England’s 3-2 defeat by Croatia in their final Euro 2008 qualifier last November, but had been training with Arsenal in a bid to maintain his fitness.
An FA spokesman declined to comment on the reports and said the squad for the game on February 6 would be announced later.
Beckham had been hoping to earn his 100th cap against the Swiss. The reports said Capello, who also dropped the player for a spell when in charge of Real Madrid, has not ruled the 32-year-old completely out of his future plans.