Beckham not banking on WC place

AC Milan midfielder David Beckham fears he may not get to realise

his World Cup dream with England in South Africa this summer.

The Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder returned to Milan on loan

in January with the express purpose of remaining in England manager

Fabio Capello’s plans ahead of world football’s showpiece event.

And England’s most-capped outfield player is widely expected

to be among the final 23-man squad.

However, Beckham – who will be 35 when England kick off their

campaign against the USA – believes he is far from certain to be

heading to his fourth World Cup.

Quoted in several national newspapers, Beckham said: “Am I

banking on going to the World Cup? No, not at all.

“I am not guaranteed to go to South Africa. I have to work

hard and hopefully win my place.

“There are a good few months left and plenty of games to

play, but hopefully I can carry on playing well and get in the

squad.”

Should Capello include Beckham in his squad this summer, the

former Manchester United midfielder will become the first England

player to feature in four World Cup finals.

Beckham currently shares the record of three with Bobby Moore

and Peter Shilton.

The former England captain’s first taste of the tournament

ended in heartbreak when he was sent off in the defeat to Argentina

in 1998, which led to widespread criticism of the then 23-year-old.