David Beckham reveals he maintains hopes of an England call up: 'the chances are slight, but you never know'
The former England captain now plays for PSG
Tuesday 02 April 2013
David Beckham has not given up hope of playing for England again.
The former England captain is preparing to face Barcelona in the quarter-finals of the Champions League tonight, having recently returned to European football with Paris St Germain.
He has signed up with PSG for the rest of the season but the French giants have indicated they would love to keep him at the Parc des Princes beyond that duration.
And Beckham would rush to his country's aid if Roy Hodgson decided he could do a job for the national team again.
He told CNN World Sport: "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 has 115 England caps, more than any other outfield player in the team's history, but has not featured since October 2009.
The former Manchester United and Real Madrid man has played mainly cameo roles for PSG since joining at the end of January, following his spell in the United States with the Los Angeles Galaxy.
What involvement he has tonight against Barcelona remains for manager Carlo Ancelotti to decide.
But new team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic has no doubt Beckham's move to the French capital club has already been a success.
"He has a big impact on the team, he has a lot of qualities," Ibrahimovic said yesterday.
"He is a winner and he has a great feel for the ball. He brings us his experience of big matches. He's also a player with a big heart, who has won a lot of trophies.
"As for his free-kicks, he takes them, I take them, sometimes it's Alex - it's good to vary."
Club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi is set to open talks with Beckham about extending his stay.
Beckham spoke of his happiness in Paris over the weekend and Al-Khelaifi said in an interview with L'Equipe: "Recruiting David was one of my best decisions.
"As a man, player, ambassador, he is exceptional. It creates something in this group. Everyone loves it.
"We will talk with him. Whatever his decision, we support David.
"He is very happy in Paris. Frankly, we want to keep him with us next season."
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