Taking nothing for granted
DAVID BECKHAM is taking nothing for granted despite Fabio Capello’s assertion the 34-year-old will definitely be in his World Cup squad if he remains fit at AC Milan.
Beckham has returned to Milan for his second loan spell from Los Angeles Galaxy in a bid to retain his England place and add to his 115 caps.
Capello is insistent the former Manchester United midfielder will travel to South Africa if “he plays well and is fit”.
However, following his first couple of games for the Rossoneri, it was clear Beckham was adamant he still expected to have to work as hard to earn a trip to South Africa.
Beckham said: “It makes me happy but I know I need to work hard.
“It’s not guaranteed. If I play in games and I do well then obviously I’ve got a chance because I’ve been part of the squad for most of the games.
“It’s great the manager says that, I’m really pleased he says that, but I know I’ve got to work hard to be part of the squad.
The former Real Madrid player also underlined how pleased he was to be back at the San Siro, adding: “I missed being in Milan and being with the club because my experience with the club was so special in six months and it makes you miss the club.
“I missed playing, being around the team, the players, the fans and everybody at the club.
“It was good here last time and hopefully this time will be just as good.”
In perfect symmetry, Beckham will return to Old Trafford next month when AC Milan face Manchester United in the last 16 of the Champions league.
Beckham did not attempt to hide the emotion he felt when he first heard the teams had been drawn together, which will also mark the first time the former England skipper will have returned as an opposition player.
“When I first heard about the tie I think I almost cried because it is such a special place for me,” he continued.
However, Beckham was adamant there would be no conflict of interest on the pitch, adding: “I would like to progress further in the competition and, of course, when you come up against a club that you support and a club you have spent so many great years at and where you have still got so many friends at the club, those things are always difficult, but it’s a nice problem to have.
“I’ve not returned to Old Trafford as a player in seven years.
“To be there in front of the fans and the manager and friends is going to be incredible.” – The Telegraph