Beckham not planning loan despite England ambition

David Beckham says he is not planning another loan spell in

European football despite his desire to keep playing for

England.

Beckham spent time on loan with AC Milan in the past two years

in order to stay fit for international duty during Major League

Soccer’s offseason, but he says he is focused only on getting in

shape for the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Milan has already said it will not sign the 35-year-old

midfielder a third time following the Achilles’ injury that kept

him out of this year’s World Cup.

In an interview with FIFA.com, Beckham says he has not ruled out

a return to Europe but is not actively looking for a club.

”I’ll never say never, but after my injury I need to really

focus on getting my full fitness back,” Beckham said.

Having recovered from the Achilles tear he sustained playing for

Milan in March, Beckham began making substitute appearances for the

Galaxy this month. He started for the first time last Friday.

”I was a little surprised that I stayed out there for the full

90 minutes, but it’s great to be on from the start again,” he

said. ”It’s really tough being out for six months and not being

able to play.”

Beckham hopes his performances in MLS will persuade England

coach Fabio Capello to change his mind and recall the team’s former

lynchpin.

Capello has suggested that he wants to rejuvenate the team with

younger players and will only consider Beckham – England’s most

experienced ever outfield player with 115 international appearances

– for a farewell match in a friendly.

But Beckham wants to keep representing his country until he

retires, which could put him in a position to beat goalkeeper Peter

Shilton’s England all-time record of 125 caps.

”Whether it’s over or not is not really down to me,” Beckham

said. ”I want to continue to be available to play for England.

That’s all I can do. I am passionate about playing for my country

and I have been for 15 years now. Ever since I was a little kid all

I ever wanted to do was to play for my country.

”Whether the road is over or not, I don’t really know, but I

will continue to work hard to get my fitness right because that’s

the important bit at the moment. Once I’ve done that, we’ll know

more.”

The former England captain isn’t lilkely to feature in Capello’s

squad for next month’s European Championship qualifier against

Montenegro.