Beckham happy to be back

Midfielder hoping to win 100th cap against France.

David Beckham admits he is happy to be back in the England squad and hopes to win his 100th cap against France on Wednesday.

The former captain missed Fabio Capello's first match as coach against Switzerland last month due to a lack of match sharpness.

But he has been recalled for the friendly with France in Paris and is expected to become the fifth player to reach a century of appearances for England.

After training with his team-mates on Monday morning, Beckham revealed his happiness at being involved with the national team again.


"I've enjoyed being back here and I've enjoyed being back with the guys," said Beckham at a news conference live on Sky Sports News. "Training this morning was great and I'm happy."

Beckham is not taking his place in the team for granted and is also not disappointed his 100th game will not be at Wembley.

When asked if he would start, Beckham added: "We'll have to wait and see. At the moment I'm concentrating on training and working hard on that part.

"I'm just enjoying it at the moment. I never thought a year ago, two years ago, that I was going to make 95 caps, let alone be here and hopefully making it a hundred, so we will have to wait and see.

"I'm honoured that I'm making it a hundred, hopefully, in an England shirt, and I'm also honoured that I will be making it against one of the best teams in the world and against some of the best players in the world, and also in a city I love as well.

"People have also spoken about it being a shame I'm not making it at Wembley and in England, but it's not such a big deal for me. I'm happy to be in the squad and happy to be, hopefully, making that 100 games."

The 32-year-old also played down suggestions that he will mark his 100th appearance for England by reclaiming the captain's armband.

Great captain

"I heard those comments, but John Terry is the captain and he deserves to be the captain," continued Beckham.

"He is a great captain for Chelsea and I'm sure he will carry on being a great captain for Chelsea and for England.

"I have been captain for quite a few games and I enjoyed that, but I hope I just enjoy the game on Wednesday."

Beckham, who does not want his England career to end with his 100th cap, also confirmed his fitness is good following an intensive pre-season with Los Angeles Galaxy.

Feeling good

He said: "I think it's always important when you are in pre-season to have those games. You can go all the way through pre-season and not play any games and not have match fitness.

"We've been on tour and played quite a few games. Even though they are not as competitive as big games, I think the games I've played I've got the fitness needed.

"(Galaxy coach) Ruud Gullit has been working us very hard with double sessions for the last three weeks. It's been good for me and I'm feeling good."