Beckham under no illusions

SEATTLE - David Beckham said it will be a challenge for him to make the team at AC Milan when he begins his loan spell in Italy but he is confident he will be able to break into the Serie A side.

SEATTLE - David Beckham said it will be a challenge for him to make the team at AC Milan when he begins his loan spell in Italy but he is confident he will be able to break into the Serie A side.

Beckham was on the losing side in MLS Cup, the championship-deciding game on Sunday as LA Galaxy were beaten on penalties by Real Salt Lake but the next appointment in his hectic pre-World Cup schedule takes him to Milan.

He made the same move last season, joining in January and staying until the end of the Serie A season in May.

"It is going to be a challenge to get into any team like that and with players like that. I am going to go there and work hard with the team and hopefully play some part and enjoy it. I enjoyed it last time and I am sure I will again," he said.

Beckham's move to Italy is motivated by the need to show England manager Fabio Capello that he is in the right form and shape to make the squad for June's World Cup finals in South Africa.

Beckham is due in South Africa for the World Cup draw on December 4 and to assist with lobbying for England's 2018 World Cup bid. - Reuters

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