England boss, who last year claimed Becks was too old for international football, bumped into Goldenballs as Spurs and Manchester United drew 0-0.
Capello originally cut Becks out of his plans in August before England's 2-1 win over Hungary at Wembley. When asked before that game if Beckham had an England future, Capello said: "No, I need to change it.
"David is a fantastic player but I think we need new players for the future.
"I say thank you very much for helping me at the World Cup but probably he is a little bit old."
No one from the England management team had spoken to Beckham about retirement and Camp Beckham's stunned response was a rapid statement pledging loyalty to the Three Lions set-up and a desire to carry on playing It read: "There has been no discussion of retirement. He will always be available for his country, when fit."