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Reaction: Italian coach, English team, Spanish hack



OK he's not Spanish but Sid Lowe is an English journalist based in Spain. It is his revelation that Fabio Capello will not be picking David Beckham for the upcoming friendly against Switzerland.

Of course, this is yet to be confirmed but it is interesting that the story has come from a journalist based in Spain where Capello last worked rather than one based in England where he currently works. If the story is true then it suggests that English journalists do not have much of a relationship with the new England manager.

Capello is still new to the job so won't have had that many dealings with the English media so we may not see too many of these kind of pre-match revelations coming from our heavy-weights in the English Press. It will be interesting to see if Don Fabio decides to build some bridges as he settles into the job and gets his head around the lingo. Particularly if England's performances don't improve.

Sid Lowe writes a regular column for the Guardian Unlimited sports pages. He also appears in the Guardian's Football Weekly Podcast.

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