Beckham may bow out in Brazil

ENGLAND soccer icon David Beckham has indicated that the historic South Africa 2010 might not be his last Fifa World Cup finals appearance.

ENGLAND soccer icon David Beckham has indicated that the historic South Africa 2010 might not be his last Fifa World Cup finals appearance.

The England midfielder will turn 39 just before Brazil 2014 and though he remains cautious about setting it as a definite target for himself, he is not ruling anything out.

"The 2014 World Cup? We'll see," he said in an interview with Italian magazine Sportsweek. "I'd like to play until I'm 40 and take part in another World Cup, but at this age you have to evaluate things year after year.

"I've always said I'd always be available for England. If they didn't call me up, I'd do everything to put myself in the condition to be recalled."

The former England captain was dropped after Germany 2006 by new coach Steve McClaren but eventually recalled the following May. He retained his place after leaving Real Madrid for Los Angeles Galaxy.

Fabio Capello also left Beckham out of his first matches in charge but the former Manchester United man forced his way back into the squad, thanks to a successful loan deal at AC Milan. The free-kick specialist is heading back to the Rossoneri for another loan spell as he bids to keep his place for next year's Fifa World Cup.

His place on the plane to South Africa appears assured, but England's most capped outfield player insists no one can take their position for granted.

"The squad is full of very good players and those who want to be part of it are just as good," he said. "The competition for places will be very fierce and that's why we have to give our all every time we play." - Fifa and Sowetan

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