England manager Fabio Capello has spoken to David Beckham and has said "it looks like he is out of the World Cup", in a statement released to Press Association Sport.

England's most capped outfield player ruptured his Achilles tendon on AC Milan duty against Chievo last night, sparking fears that he may never play again. It is a huge blow to Capello, who spoke with Beckham late last night. "We have to wait for the results of the scan, but it looks like he is out of the World Cup," said the England manager.

"I spoke with him after the game on Sunday night to offer my support, as did Franco Baldini. David is a great professional and has worked very hard to be ready for the World Cup, so missing it will be a big blow."

It is expected to be three months at the very earliest before he can run, and double that before he has a chance of playing again. More likely he will be out for the remainder of 2010 which, as he will celebrate his 35th birthday in May, raises inevitable questions about him ever playing a competitive match again. Capello added: "I am very sad for David that he has suffered this injury."

Beckham will have an operation in Finland later today under the supervision of specialist Sakari Orava. He has been left "devastated" by the injury blow according to his spokesman.

"He's devastated by the injury. He's fearful of what it could mean for his World Cup hopes," Beckham's spokesman told The Sun. "We will see the full extent of the injury. Victoria is flying out to him immediately because of the injury. She's naturally worried about him."