LONDON - Former captain David Beckham, pictured, marked his return to England with a stylish performance in a 1-1 friendly draw with Brazil on Friday, earning a standing ovation from an 88000 crowd at the new Wembley Stadium.
The midfielder, who was dropped when Steve McClaren replaced Sven-Goran Eriksson as coach after last year's World Cup finals in Germany, played a part in most of England's attacking moves, including the goal.
Beckham's accurate free-kick from the right after 68 minutes was powerfully headed home by John Terry, his successor as skipper.
Brazil substitute Diego scored in the second minute of injury time of the friendly to deny England a winning start at its new home.
The 32-year-old Beckham, who last played for his country in the World Cup quarterfinal defeat by Portugal in July last year, won his 95th cap on Friday and now looks certain to face Estonia in Wednesday's Euro 2008 qualifier.
"Many questioned the decision, but, since the New Year, his performances for Real Madrid have been outstanding," said McClaren.
"He has been fit and strong and deserved his place in the team. It was fitting that Beckham and JT (Terry) combined for the goal," the coach told reporters." - Reuters