Becks: No added pressure

Former England captain focused on performance

David Beckham has stated he felt no added pressure by having England's assistant coach Franco Baldini watch him in action.

LA Galaxy's Beckham played the full 90 minutes against FC Dallas in a friendly this weekend, although the game finished in a goalless draw.

Beckham was hoping to prove his form and fitness ahead of England's 26th March friendly against France, a game which could see him land his 100th cap for his country.

Many feel the former Real Madrid man needs to shine to win a place in Fabio Capello's side, but he did not think there was any added pressure of having Baldini keep a watchful eye on his performance.

Fitness and form

"It was just like a Premiership game and games I've seen with Fabio Capello," said the midfielder. "(Baldini) came to see how my fitness is and how my form is.

"Some people might think that adds a little added pressure, but from my side, there was no added pressure there. I just had to perform, play the balls I could play and work hard.

"That's just part and parcel for a player playing for his national team. You're always being watched by somebody. It just comes with the territory."