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Beckham wants to play on for England

sports Updated: Nov 26, 2007 19:21 IST

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Beckham wants to play on for England

David Beckham says he is eager to help England qualify for the 2010 World Cup and claim his 100th international cap.

The 32-year-old former England captain, here to appear for his US club LA Galaxy in an exhibition match on Tuesday, believes he has the experience and passion to play on for his country.

"I want to go on and I believe that I can," Beckham said Monday. "I believe that I've got the experience and the passion still to play for my country.

"I hope when the next manager comes in he will give me that chance, but we'll have to wait and see."

Beckham set up one of England's goals in last week's 3-2 European championship qualifier loss to Croatia which wasn't enough to save England's skin, or that of manager Steve McClaren, who was promptly sacked.

Beckham, however, considers his England days far from over and his international thoughts have turned to the looming qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup.

"We've got to go in with a positive frame of mind," he said. "Things change so quickly on the international scene.

"Eight months ago if somebody said to me I would get another cap and play for England again I probably wouldn't have believed them.

"But I was brought back and now I've got 99 caps and I want to go on with it."

Beckham is also keen to play a large part of Tuesday's sell-out exhibition match against Sydney FC.

"Not many of our players have ever played in front of 80,000 fans before, so we're really looking forward to it," he said.

He described Sydney star Juninho, the former Brazil and English Premier League player, as one of the best he had ever opposed in the Premiership and said he was "great for their team (Sydney) and the A-League".

Beckham, who joined the Galaxy in a huge 250-million-dollar five-year deal from Real Madrid this year, said: "The sponsorship side is a big part of my life, but everybody knows that in my career football comes before sponsorship."

The Sydney match will be former Dutch international Ruud Gullit's first game in charge of the Galaxy after taking over from Frank Yallop earlier this month.

"It's the first time for me to see where we can improve, for them to see what I expect from them and it's also good for us to get to know each other," Gullit said.

The Galaxy have travelled without Mike Randolph (US Olympic team), Kelly Gray (getting married), Ty Harden and Kyle Martino (both hernia operations), and Abel Xavier (knee injury).

The Galaxy have only played two friendly games since their season ended over a month ago, the last on November 11 in Minnesota.

"It's our off-season... we're not going to be as fit as we would be in a season, but that being said we're proud and we want to try and win the game," said American international Landon Donovan, the second-biggest Galaxy star.