No excuses for failure at World Cup: Beckham
Beckham is confident England have their best team to lift their first trophy in 40 years in Germany.india Updated: Apr 04, 2006 13:46 IST
England captain David Beckham warned on Tuesday that there can be no excuses for Sven-Goran Eriksson's side failing to win the World Cup this summer.
Beckham is confident England have their best team to lift their first trophy in 40 years in Germany.
"We can't keep making excuses going into competitions because with the talent we have in our country we have to go into this competition with the aim of going as far as we can," Beckham said.
"No excuses and no regrets. If we are not good enough we are not good enough, but we know we have got the players.
"The England team will be fresher than going into previous World Cups. We have gone into tournaments before with players carrying injuries and others missing. Hopefully we can avoid that and have everyone fit - that will give us a great chance."
Beckham is confident striker Michael Owen will overcome his foot injury to be fit for the tournament in Germany, and feels the squad will be fitter than ever before.
"I have heard Michael say he will be on that plane and that he will be fit, and fingers crossed he will," Beckham.
"It's difficult but I think Michael will be fine. He has been through injuries before and he knows what he has to do.
"He's young, quick and athletic and when he's recovered from injuries before he has come straight back into the team and scored goals straight away. He will be hungry when he returns, he has had a rest over the last few weeks and he will be fresh going into the World Cup."