Beckham: I'm fit for England
David Beckham has reassured England coach Fabio Capello that he is still fit enough for international duty.
The LA Galaxy midfielder is desperate to win his 100th England cap in Capello's first match - next Wednesday's friendly against Switzerland at Wembley - and has been training with Arsenal for the last month in an attempt to keep up his fitness during the American league's close-season break.
Capello will name his squad on Saturday and reports in England have suggested Beckham may not be included. The former Manchester United star, who played under Capello for a season at Real Madrid, is convinced he has done all he can to prove he is still worth his place.
"To get picked to play for my country is always special and because it's my 100th game it makes it extra special. It would mean the world," he told Sky News on Tuesday from Brazil.
"Hopefully it happens but we have to wait and see. If it doesn't it doesn't. That's part of life and part of football," he said. "But I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Hopefully I've worked hard enough this last month and a half to get myself fit and to make myself available.
"I haven't spoken to Fabio Capello. Obviously he's
been very busy watching a lot of games and travelling around the
country watching a lot of different players," Becks went on.
"I'm not planning on speaking to him until hopefully I
meet up with the squad."
Beckham admits his place is under threat from in-form right wingers such as Chelsea's Shaun Wright-Phillips and Blackburn's David Bentley, but he believes the competition can only be good for English football.
"It's good to have the competition with the young players coming through. Hopefully it's going to be an exciting time for English football in the next few years because it needs to be," he admitted. "There have been a lot of people taking about the new manager and what players and team he's going to pick. It's very special to have someone of his pedigree and winning mentality as part of English football."
Beckham fell out with Capello during their time together at Real after announcing his decision to move to America. But he was later restored to the team and helped Real win La Liga.
That experience has convinced Beckham that Capello will be single-minded enough to do things his way, despite the immense scrutiny that surrounds the role of England coach.
"He's a very talented manager and he will do things in his way," Beckham said. "Everyone will have to accept it," addedBeckham. "I was lucky enough to play for him at Real Madrid. He is a manager that will look after the players and give everyone a good boost."
Beckham insists he has no plans to return to Premier League despite reports linking him with a move to Newcastle.
He said: "I'm in the US for the next few years and I'm not planning to come back to English football because I've been lucky enough to play in the Premier League for a club I always wanted to play for."
"For me I am playing in America and I'm planning on staying there."