AMSTERDAM - David Beckham has all but ruled out a return to the English Premier League after insisting AC Milan are very much his first choice when he leaves LA Galaxy at the end of the MLS season.
Beckham, who won his 113th cap for England during Wednesday's 2-2 draw against Holland in Amsterdam, has been told by national coach Fabio Capello that he must move back to Europe to be considered for next year's World Cup in South Africa.
Capello's comments led to speculation that Beckham could return to the Premier League for the first time since leaving Manchester United for Real Madrid in 2003, with Tottenham, Portsmouth and Chelsea reported to be interested. But the midfielder, who subsidised a loan move to Milan last season, was unimpressed when asked if he could play in England again.
"No. I'm never going to stand here and say it will never happen but obviously I enjoyed my time at Milan and they have expressed that they want me to go back," Beckham said after England's draw. "You know AC Milan is one of the best clubs in the world."
The one thing Beckham is well aware of is that Capello has insisted he must be in Europe by Christmas if he wants to go to South Africa. - AFP