PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad David Beckham was designated as captain for England's game against Trinidad and Tobago today, an honor for the midfielder whose international career appeared over after the World Cup.
This will be the first time Beckham has captained the team while playing for the Los Angeles Galaxy. Fabio Capello announced the move Saturday and has now chosen four different captains in his four games since becoming coach. The exhibition game today will be Beckham's 102nd appearance for England.
A permanent captain will not be appointed until England's 2010 World Cup qualifiers in September against Andorra and Croatia. Capello said Beckham is a candidate.
"Never say never," the coach said. "This is a new moment for the England team."
Capello's other three captains were Steven Gerrard, Rio Ferdinand and John Terry. Terry wore the armband for Wednesday's 2-0 victory over the United States at Wembley, where Beckham played the first half.