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Fabio Capello has told David Beckham his international career can extend into his mid-thirties if he maintains his form for England during the World Cup qualifiers.

The former England skipper looked to have brought the curtain down on his international career following his lucrative move to America to play Major League Soccer with LA Galaxy.

But Beckham has showed he still has the appetite to compete at the highest level and has impressed Capello with his attitude both on and off the pitch.

Sir Trevor Brooking has forged a close relationship with the England coach over the past few months and has no doubts that Capello still sees Beckham as a crucial part of his plans to qualify for the World Cup in South Africa in 2010.

Brooking also played for England well into his thirties and believes Capello will keep picking Beckham if he maintains his current form.

Brooking, speaking at an event organised by England Team Sponsors Nationwide Building Society said: "I have played in my thirties and you don't get any slower as a player. If you have a bad game people say it's your age. You are not allowed to be off form and that is one of the things you have to live with.

"But I think Fabio has made it pretty clear to him [Beckham] and everyone else that if you are in the squad and you deliver, you will stay in.

"He will not be looking at your birth certificate or where you are playing - he will look at what you are delivering for him. That is all any manager can do.

"It was nice to see Becks reach 100 caps because he has given great service to England over the last few years. Over half of them were as captain and he had inspirational moments where he lifted the side."

Brooking revealed that the FA are to hold important meetings next month to discuss the opening of the new National Football Centre in Burton.

The FA's director of football development is still hopeful the centre will be open in 2010 and he thinks it will have a major impact on the English game.

Brooking added: "We had a debate on it last week because during the summer we had tournaments going on and we wanted to touch base on it and see where we are at.

"We are hoping to have a technical meeting next month where we pin down exactly what the cycle of the year will look like. If there are any planning changes we need to get them in sooner rather than later.

"The original schedule was about 24 months so you are looking at the latter part of 2010. If we are going to hit that we need to move quickly. Hopefully we will get the support from the local planners and we will not get a delay on when we can start."

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