Fabio Capello believes his most important task is to restore pride to England football.
Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s friendly international against France, the England manager revealed that the players had to demonstrate pride in representing their country.
Capello said: “We’re all on trial, not just the players.
“We need to get back to being a great team that plays openly against any opponent. It’s not about being on trial, but about the pride of wearing the shirt.’
Capello recalled David Beckham to the squad after axing him from last month’s encounter with Switzerland. The LA Galaxy midfielder will become the fifth England player to reach the century mark if he takes the field.
And Capello believes Beckham can go on to pass Bobby Moore’s record of 108 caps for an outfield player by making it all the way to the World Cup in 2010.
Capello, who managed Beckham at Real Madrid, said: “The David Beckham I know can certainly get to 2010 if he carries on training and working hard.
“I know what he can give me and I think he can make the difference in some respects. As for the future, we will have to see. Nobody knows what the future holds.
“But I’ve managed him previously and he’s always been a very good professional. Only people who are so professional can last and be at the top for so long.’
Meanwhile, Capello was coy on whether the Newcastle striker Michael Owen would be given a chance against france.
Capello said: “All the players are important players but it depends on the type of game it is who’s best.
“At the moment I’m experimenting and I’m trying to see how I can make the team play and what choices I can make.
“It’s certainly going to be our hardest match because France are a good team and we’re playing at the Stade de France, where there will be a good atmosphere. It will be a very good test.”