Beckham on track for 100th cap

SUN WIRE SERVICES

, Last Updated: 7:25 AM ET

LONDON -- David Beckham remains on course to play his 100th game for England in next week's friendly against France after he was retained in coach Fabio Capello's final squad yesterday.

Capello left off six players for the match at Stade de France on Wednesday from the provisional 30-man squad he had announced earlier.

Forwards Gabriel Agbonlahor, Jermain Defoe and Ashley Young, midfielders Shaun Wright-Phillips and Jermaine Jenas, and defender David Wheater were the players to miss out.

Jenas and Wright-Phillips both scored in Capello's first match in charge, a 2-1 friendly win over Switzerland on Feb. 6.

Goalkeeper Scott Carson and defender Matthew Upson were ruled out of the squad due to injury.

Former England international Paul Robinson was called up to replace Carson, but Upson, who missed West Ham's 1-1 draw with Everton yesterday because of a calf injury, was not replaced.

Carson's injury was not disclosed. He played all of Villa's 1-0 loss to Sunderland yesterday.

England's third goalkeeper, Chris Kirkland, could also be in doubt after he fell awkwardly in Wigan's 3-1 loss to Blackburn.

"The rules are that he will join up and they (England medical staff) will assess him and see how he is in the morning," Wigan manager Steve Bruce said. "I have to say he is moving very gingerly with his back, but he will join up.

"I'm sure the doctors and officials at England will examine him and see what they do with him."

SETUBAL WINS LEAGUE CUP

LISBON -- Vitoria Setubal lifted the inaugural Portuguese League Cup by beating Sporting 3-2 on penalties after a goalless draw in the final yesterday.

Setubal goalkeeper Eduardo Carvalho made three shootout saves when the match went directly to penalties after 90 minutes at the Algarve stadium.

In-form Setubal, unbeaten in four matches against Sporting this season, had come closest to a winner when Brazilian striker Claudio Pitbull's free kick hit the post after 50 minutes.


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