Beckham stays out of new boss hunt

David Beckham insists the England players will not let themselves become distracted by speculation over who may succeed Sven-Goran Eriksson as manager of the national team.

Eriksson will leave the post after this summer’s World Cup finals in Germany and Football Association chief executive Brian Barwick will turn his attention to finding the Swede’s successor after tomorrow’s friendly against Uruguay at Anfield.

Eriksson believes the FA should find their man before the finals kick off, but his captain said: “To be honest I haven’t got a feeling on when it should be announced. It’s not up to me or the players. It’s up to the FA when they decide to release it really.

“There’s been enough talk about it last month. We can’t allow it to be a distraction because the team have to concentrate on the football.”

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