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No hard feelings: Beckham

india Updated: Aug 11, 2006 22:53 IST
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David Beckham insisted on Friday that he had no hard feelings after being given the push by new England manager Steve McClaren and vowed to regain his place in the team.

The Real Madrid midfielder said that he understood how the new manager would "want to make his mark on the team".

And Beckham, who has 94 England caps, revealed he is not considering his international retirement and will continue to make himself available for selection.

Beckham stepped down from his six-year tenure as captain following the World Cup in which he suffered an Achilles injury during the quarter-final loss to Portugal. Chelsea's John Terry has replaced him as captain.

"Having spoken to Steve McClaren this week I can fully understand that a new manager should want to make his mark on the team and build towards the next World Cup," Beckham said in a statement.

"I'm proud to have played for England for 10 years and my passion for representing my country remains as strong as ever.

"I'd like to wish the best of luck to John Terry and will offer him my complete support in the future."

Sources close to Beckham say he was "extremely disappointed" when told by McClaren of his decision but was determined to do everything in his power to prove that he was worthy of an England place.

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