Ancelotti: Beckham will start
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Paris Saint-Germain's new recruit, former England captain David Beckham, will start in the French Cup round of 16 encounter against Marseille, coach Carlo Ancelotti has revealed.

"Yes, Beckham will start in the position of (suspended midfielder) Marco Verratti," Ancelotti told reporters before Wednesday's game.

"It's an important position," added Ancelotti. "Beckham must help make the play and defensively have a good tactical position on the pitch - he will have the same things to do as Verratti," said Ancelotti, who believes the 37-year-old still has plenty to offer.

"Can he still take corners and freekicks? He has the quality to do so," said the Italian. "Beckham can play a whole match, he has the quality to play in the middle of the park."

Beckham earned his spurs in a cameo debut appearance from the bench at the weekend, setting up the second goal in a 2-0 win over Marseille in the league which left the capital club three points clear in the title race.