Becks keen on England bid role

David Beckham made it clear Thursday he would like to play a part in England's bid to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The Football Association have yet to say what, if any, role the England midfielder would play in their campaign but Beckham, who had a high-profile position during London's successful bid for the 2012 Olympics, made it clear he would be happy to help try to bring another major sports event to his country.

Speaking after showing British Prime Minister Gordon Brown around his football academy in Greenwich, London, the 32-year-old former Manchester United and Real Madrid star said Wednesday: "I was proud to be involved in 2012 and being involved in 2018 is something I would be very interested in too.

"Being English, to bring the World Cup back to England would be something really special and I would be honoured to be involved in that," added Beckham, who now plays his club football for USA MLS side LA Galaxy.

Brown, although a Scot, has repeatedly made clear his support for England's 2018 bid. He said: "David Beckham is known in every part of the world.

"It's a matter for the FA but I'm sure David Beckham will be associated with every big sports campaign that happens in this country because of his reputation, and because of the fame and the respect he has worldwide."

Beckham hopes to win his 100th England cap in next month's friendly international against Switzerland at Wembley - Italian Fabio Capello's first match as England manager.

England previously staged the FIFA World Cup in 1966 when they won the tournament for the only time in their history.