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5.01.2008

Capello says Beckham can shine in 2010 World Cup

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England head coach Fabio Capello is convinced that David Beckham can play on until the 2010 World Cup if the midfielder takes care of his fitness.

In an interview with a Spanish newspaper, the italian coacho was asked if Beckham's England career was close to an end after the LA Galaxy captain won his 100th cap against France last month.

"It's still open," Fabio Capello admitted. "Beckham played in the last game, he did well against France, and I sometimes go to see him in Los Angeles."

But Capello added that the midfielder's participation at the showpiece in South Africa will rest on his fitness as well as England's qualification.

He assured: "It depends, there are players who at 33 or 34 take good care of themselves, they understand that the body is not as it was and they take more care. It really depends a lot on that."

The italian manger also stated he believes the Premier League is the pick of all the domestic competitions in Europe, although he admits the influx of foreign players represents a problem for the national squad.

"Some really good football is being played in England. At the moment it is the best league in Europe, but then you have Arsenal, who play fantastic football and are out of the Champions League," he said.

"Our problem is that we have only 38% of the current players. There are Welsh players, Irish and Scots. And that's a problem because in Spain and Italy, for example, 70% of the players can be called up. But we can't do that."

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Blatter wants Spain to be a candidate to host 2018 Word Cup

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According to European press, FIFA president Sepp Blatter wants Spain to bid for the 2018 World Cup.

"I have really good memories of the 1982 World Cup in Spain," Blatter told a visiting party of 50 soccer officials from Spain led by Angel Maria Villar, a vice-president of FIFA.

"I have heard that you might have some interest in hosting another World Cup," Blatter stated. "I encourage the Spanish FA to apply and the next occasion when this would be possible is for 2018."

As we know, South Africa will be the first African nation to host the tournament in 2010, and Brazil has been awarded the 2014 World Cup.

The English Football Association has set aside 18.9 million euros (C$29.5 million) for its bid to host the 2018 tournament. Other likely candidates might include Canada, the United States, Mexico, Belgium and Netherlands as a joint bid, Russia, China, Japan and Australia.

It's important to mentio that FIFA votes on the host nation in 2011.

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