David Beckham wants English manager to replace Capello

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Beckham wants Englishman to lead England

David Beckham says he wants an Englishman to lead the national team after Fabio Capello steps down following Euro 2012.

The former England captain told BBC Sport: "We haven't had those options in the last few years so we've had a manager that has been successful all over the world in Fabio Capello.

"But going forward, every Englishman would want an English manager."

Beckham also said Wayne Rooney must be selected in the squad for Euro 2012.

Beckham was speaking to BBC sports editor David Bond before the Football Association announced it was appealing to Uefa over striker Rooney's three-match ban for kicking out at Montenegro's Miodrag Dzudovic last month.

"Once we get through those first stages, that's when a player like Wayne Rooney will come into play," said the Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder.

"Obviously it's disappointing he's going to miss those games but, if you have a chance of taking a player like Wayne, you have to take him."

Since Kevin Keegan left the England manager's job in 2000, the permanent position has been held by a Swede, Sven-Goran Eriksson, and Italian Capello - with Steve McClaren's reign in between lasting only 16 months as he failed to qualify for Euro 2008.

Only six of the 20 current Premier League managers were born in England - Steve Bruce (Sunderland), Roy Hodgson (West Brom), Alan Pardew (Newcastle), Harry Redknapp (Tottenham), Mick McCarthy (Wolves) and Neil Warnock (QPR).

Stuart Pearce, Alan Shearer, Sam Allardyce, Alan Curbishley and Beckham himself also feature in several bookmakers' lists of possible replacements for Capello.

Beckham stepped down as England captain following the 2006 World Cup campaign and was not included in McClaren's first squad.

He returned to the national team for the friendly against Brazil in May 2007 and went on to win his 100th cap against France in March 2008.

His last cap was won against Belarus in October 2009, after which he tore his Achilles tendon while playing for AC Milan, an injury which ruled him out of contention for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

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