Hmm, I'm not sure how to reproduce your error.
svmRadial is a method in caret, not a function, so I'm not sure why you'd be getting that error (example from SO thread, below):
#> Loading required package: lattice
#> Loading required package: ggplot2
TrainData <- iris[,1:4]
TrainClasses <- iris[,5]
out1 <- train(TrainData, TrainClasses, method = "svmRadial")
#>  "ksvm"
#>  "kernlab"
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