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
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.