Becks: I'll never quit England
27 Mar 2009 - 07:33:03
David Beckham insists he will never call time on England after successfully resurrecting his international career under Fabio Capello.
Beckham, 33, will break Bobby Moore's appearance record for an outfield player if he features in the friendly against Slovakia at Wembley on Saturday or the following Wednesday's World Cup qualifier against Ukraine.
The former captain is currently on 108 caps and although suggesting Peter Shilton's all-time record of 125 is not on his mind, the AC Milan midfielder will never walk away from England.
Beckham was hurt after being frozen out by former coach Steve McClaren following the 2006 World Cup and has admitted his time in the wilderness made him more determined to play on for as long as possible.
Asked if he would retire from international football after the 2010 World Cup, he said: "No. I have always said, even if I'm not picked in the squad, while I am still playing I always want to be available. I would still want that option.
"I don't think I would ever retire. I am passionate about playing for my country.
"I have had a lot of ups and downs in my career but being left out of the England squad was a big low. It knocked my confidence a lot and it affected me.
"I just assumed I wouldn't play for my country again. They were playing well and I just thought: 'That's it'."
Meanwhile, Beckham believes the current squad assembled by Capello is exciting as it is full of vibrant young talent.
"Each squad is different but this one is special because we have so many talented young players in the squad," he added.
"People talk about a lack of experience but that doesn't matter because they have confidence. You only gain experience by playing in big games.
"Almost every one of these players is involved in high level football on a regular basis. I don't think that is a problem anymore."