Premier League - Paper Round: Beckham out of Euros

Tue, 15 Nov 08:49:00 2011

Fabio Capello has officially ruled David Beckham out of Euro 2012, but tipped the England legend to star for Great Britain at the Olympics.

FOOTBALL England's David Beckham, injured but reportedly invited to join the squad for the World Cup in a backroom capacity - 0

Beckham has not represented England since March 2010, and when asked whether the 36-year-old was in his plans, Capello replied: "No. I think he will be involved in the Olympic Games."

Beckham played a role in helping the successful London bid as an ambassador in 2005, and is expected to be used by GB manager Stuart Pearce as one of three over-23 players permitted at the Games.

England's feel-good factor is set to disappear just four days after beating Spain, with 40,000 empty seats expected at Wembley tonight against Sweden.

Around 50,000 fans are expected for the friendly against England's bogey side, according to The Sun.

That is slightly more than half the national stadium's capacity and a massive drop from the 87,189 who watched Saturday's triumph.

It calls into question the FA's wisdom in scheduling two internationals so close together at the same ground, particularly during a time of economic hardship.

Tickets are still on sale from £35.

Minor tabloid outrage has greeted a flag gaffe at England's U21 game in Belgium last night.

In the pre-match ceremony, the Union Jack was used as England's flag, not the cross of St. George.

More immediately concerning was England's 2-1 defeat.

On to domestic news, and the Daily Mirror reports that Jack Wilshere is a transfer target for Real Madrid.

The 19-year-old has missed most of the season with an ankle injury, but Real boss Jose Mourinho sees him as one of the brightest young talents in Europe.

Also on Real's wish list are Bayern Munich defender Rafinha, Lille's Eden Hazard, Borussia Dortmund's Mario Götze and Athletic Bilbao winger Iker Munian.

Manchester United are ready to splash out £20m on Brazilian wonderkid Lucas Rodrigues.

The Sao Paulo man has been earmarked as the new Paul Scholes - Liverpool are also interested in him.

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