David Beckham will get his 100th England cap provided he is fit and in form, manager Fabio Capello has revealed.
“I know Beckham very well from Real Madrid and I hope David will play the 100th game and get that cap,” Capello told representatives of the official England supporters club.
“He will get his 100th cap if he is fit and in form.”
Beckham was omitted from Capello’s first squad for the friendly against Switzerland at Wembley Stadium last month because Major League Soccer (MLS) was in its close season and the midfielder was deemed not match-fit.
Capello said he or his assistant Franco Baldini would travel to the United States this month to see the former England captain in action for his club Los Angeles Galaxy.
“I understand from reading his last interview that at this moment his fitness isn’t good. I will phone him because I want to know exactly what he thinks.
“Los Angeles play in Dallas on March 14 and Franco or I will go to see him and assess his fitness.
England face France in an international friendly in Paris on March 26.
“He is in contention for France. We will check on him in Dallas and then we will decide whether he will be fit for that squad,” Capello said.
Capello was also asked who would be appointed England captain after Steven Gerrard was given the armband on a temporary basis for the Switzerland match.
The Italian said he would decide in time for the 2010 World Cup qualifying matches which start in September.
“It’s very important to choose the captain for the World Cup qualification games but I have to know not only the player but the man as well,” Capello said. “He must be a symbol of the England team.
“To be that symbol he must be a good player, a good man and he has to represent the England team, always, in every situation.”