Beckham still harbours England hopes

Former England captain David Beckham has not given up hope of returning to the national team under Roy Hodgson, Sky Sports has reported.

Beckham has not been part of an England squad since 2010, when he was an unused substitute in a friendly at Wembley against Egypt, but has insisted he will not retire from international football and will always be available if called upon to add to his 115 caps.

One of the reasons why I’ve never retired from the England team is because if there’s ever an opportunity to play for them again, then I’m available.

If there is any chance of me ever playing for my country again, I would never turn that down. Like I said, I’m almost 38 years old so the chances are very slight, but you never know.

Beckham is currently in the middle of a short-term deal with Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain, and could line up for the French side against Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-finals. The PSG president, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, has said he intends to open talks with Beckham about extending his stay in the French capital past the end of the season.

Making his England debut against Moldova in 1996, Beckham was appointed captain for the first time by caretaker manager Peter Taylor in 2000, with Sven-Goran Eriksson keeping Beckham in the post after he took charge.

Beckham stood down as captain after the 2006 World Cup and Eriksson’s successor, Steve McClaren, initially left him out of the England set-up, only to eventual recall the former Manchester United, Real Madrid, LA Galaxy and Milan midfielder. Fabio Capello, McClaren’s replacement, returned the captain’s armband to Beckham, albeit briefly, in the second-half of a friendly.

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