London, Feb.6 : Former soccer captain David Beckham has said that he is not surprised to be out of the England squad, and insists he saw coach Fabio Capello's axe coming his way.
Beckham, who had hoped to win his 100th cap in tonight's Switzerland friendly, said: "I half expected it because I know what Fabio Capello is like as a manager. If he thinks you're not fit and ready to play then you won't be in the team."
It's as simple as that and I totally understand and respect his decision.There are a lot of Premier League players who have played 15 games in the last two months while I haven't played a game since December," The Sun quoted Becks, as saying.
The midfielder, who played for Capello at Real Madrid before moving to LA Galaxy last season, had been training with Arsenal since the New Year.
I did everything I could to make myself available for England. I did go to Sierra Leone and to Brazil, but those trips were only four days long. For the rest of the month I trained very hard. I worked really hard with Arsenal," he said.
"I wish Fabio and all the players good luck against Switzerland. I think he is a great appointment and he's going to be good for the English game," he added.