England midfielder David Beckham's quest to become his country's most capped player ever has hit complications after it emerged LA Galaxy want him to miss one of the Three Lions' friendlies.
The former Real Madrid and Manchester United winger has part-funded a deal to remain on loan at AC Milan from the Major League Soccer outfit for the remainder of the season, before returning to Los Angeles to play for the Galaxy.
But Fabio Capello's side are scheduled to face Holland on August 12, and, Galaxy coach, Bruce Arena has revealed he will request that Beckham is omitted from the national squad, in order for the club's prize asset to continue playing in the MLS. “I’ll ask for David not to be called up," he said. "It’s not necessary for him to be there for a friendly and I’ll contact the FA. “David’s happy to come back, and his addition will be positive for us.”
However, the FA have stated that Capello has no plans to make a deal with LA Galaxy over the release of Beckham for the Holland friendly, with the Italian adament he will select his squad on his own terms. "Fabio Capello has no plans to make any special exemption with regard to the call-up of any players for England squads," said a spokesman.