Beattie still has England desire

20 March 2009 09:42
Stoke City striker James Beattie has admitted he would like to represent England again in the future.Beattie, 31, has scored five goals in his first eight matches for the Potters, but the last of his five England caps came in November 2003."It's nice for people to talk about that and if it ever happened it would be a bonus," he told BBC Radio Stoke."But I've got a job to do here at Stoke City. I came here to help them stay in the Premier League."Beattie made his England debut whilst a Southampton player against Australia at Upton Park in February 2003 - the same match that saw Wayne Rooney handed his international debut by Sven-Goran Eriksson.Four more caps followed, the last of which came in the 3-2 defeat against Denmark at Old Trafford in November later that year.England coach Fabio Capello will finalise his squad for the national team's next two fixtures - a friendly against Slovakia and a World Cup qualifier against Ukraine - after the weekend's Premier League programme has been completed.

Source: BBC_Sport