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Beckham to start in Paris for 100th cap

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  • David Beckham named in England starting line-up for friendly against France
  • Beckham will be winning his 100th cap in the match in the Stade de France
  • Coach Fabio Capello recalled Beckham to his squad for the prestigious match
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(CNN) -- David Beckham was named in England's starting line-up for their friendly against France on Wednesday night to guarantee that he will win his 100th international cap.

Beckham will earn his 100th cap in the friendly in Paris against France.

New England coach Fabio Capello had been expected to leave the Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder on the bench for the prestigious clash at the Stade de France in Paris.

Beckham becomes the fifth Englishman to win 100 caps.

He joins Billy Wright, Bobby Charlton, Bobby Moore and Peter Shilton as the members of the select century of caps club.

Capello had hinted on Tuesday that Beckham had a long term future in his side ahead of crucial qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup.

"The David Beckham I know can certainly last and get to 2010 if he carries on training and working hard," Capello told the Associated Press.

"I know David Beckham and what he can give me, and I think he can make the difference in some respects. I know what he can give to a team. As for the future, we will have to see. Nobody knows what the future holds."

Headed for his 33rd birthday in May, Beckham knows his time as an England player has to be running out after more than a decade. But the fact that Capello is happy to recall him and then talk about the star playing in his fourth World Cup gives the Galaxy player plenty of hope for the future.

"I've managed him previously and he's always been a very good professional," said Capello, who still speaks in Italian even though it's clear he understands questions in English. "Only people who are so professional can last and be at the top for so long."

The manager who has guided Italian clubs AC Milan, AS Roma, Juventus and Spain's Real Madrid to multiple titles had Beckham on his squad last season in the Spanish league.

Capello dropped Beckham in midseason when the England midfielder announced his move to Major League Soccer.

But Beckham's reaction to being dropped was to train even harder than usual and, when Capello recalled him, the player was a major force in Madrid staging a strong charge in the second half of the season to capture the Spanish league title.

Beckham also was dropped by Steve McClaren, the manager Capello replaced when England failed to qualify for this summer's European Championship.

But McClaren couldn't leave him out either and Beckham returned to set up goals for England with his expertly aimed crosses and passes.


He was left on 99 appearances when England failed to qualify for Euro 2008 and there was the danger he might finish there when Capello left him out of his first game in charge against Switzerland in February.

But the Italian stated Beckham was overlooked solely because the MLS season had long finished and he was not playing at the time, even though he was training in England with Arsenal. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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