Beckham plays down century

02 June 2007 01:13
David Beckham has refused to set his sights on reaching the 100-cap landmark despite earning a recall to the England squad for Friday's friendly with Brazil. The Real Madrid midfielder set up John Terry's opening goal in the 1-1 draw with Brazil to mark the reopening of the new-look Wembley on his first international appearance for almost 12 months. Beckham earned his 95th cap against the South Americans, but after being unceremoniously dumped from Steve McClaren's squad following last year's World Cup, the former captain is refusing to look beyond the next match. The former Manchester United midfielder will join LA Galaxy in July which looks set to leave his international future in the balance. "I have never taken playing for England for granted. I have always felt I have had to play for my place. That should be the case regardless of who you are," said Beckham. "You have got to play for your place, earn the right to wear the shirt, and I have always done that in every team I have played for during my career. I'm just going to take each game as it comes." Meanwhile, Beckham believes a repeat of the performance against Brazil when England take on Estonia in a Euro 2008 qualifier in Tallinn on Wednesday should see them pick up vital points. He added: "It is going to be different for us playing against Estonia but we need a similar kind of performance and we need the three points which is the most important thing. "We have to win. We have to go into the game with the same attitude we showed against Brazil. "Wednesday is the big one and one we are preparing for."

Source: ESA