Becks would welcome role

Right-midfielder hopes to land captaincy on full-time basis

David Beckham has admitted he would relish the chance to captain England on a full-time basis for a second time.

Beckham was handed the role for the friendly against Trinidad & Tobago for the first time since relinquishing the armband after the 2006 World Cup quarter-final exit to Portugal.

England boss Fabio Capello has rotated the armband as part of a policy that will see him name the permanent captain ahead of the World Cup qualifiers, with Steven Gerrard, Rio Ferdinand, John Terry and then Beckham previously awarded the duty under the Italian.


And LA Galaxy midfielder Beckham has revealed he has not given up hope of landing the honour of being named Capello's permanent England captain when the announcement is made just before the Czech Republic game on 20th August.

"I would never turn the captaincy down," Beckham told Sky Sports News. "But I do think I was lucky to captain my country 59 times.

"It was one of my biggest, if not the biggest, personal honour to lead out the country out.

"I am older and one of the more experienced players and of course if it was handed to me at any point I would never turn it down. But there are a lot of candidates that are ready for it now.


"We are very lucky because we have players in our team that are leaders and captains, like Stevie G, JT and Rio. So whoever the manager picks I am sure that player will lead by example.

"I think he knows how much the captain's armband means to a player. He has enough experience to know how much it means to this country.

"He will make the choice and it is his choice to do it the way he has."