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Beckham won't rest

sports Updated: Mar 25, 2008 19:15 IST
Bobby Charlton

David Beckham is already looking past England's friendly against France on Wednesday.

The former England captain is hoping to make his 100th international appearance at Stade de France after being recalled by coach Fabio Capello, but isn't about to rest even if he reaches the milestone.

"As much as I'm honored to be here, I want it to carry on," Beckham said yesterday. "It doesn't stop here for me. It's not about 'have your 100th game and then retire.' It's about carrying on trying to play well for my country."

Beckham sat out Capello's debut win over Switzerland last month because the coach ruled that he wasn't fit enough during the Major League Soccer off-season.

But Beckham has begun playing preseason friendlies for the Los Angeles Galaxy and could now become just the fifth Englishman to play a century of international matches.

Another cap on Wednesday would move him 25 short of goalkeeper Peter Shilton's England record.

Bobby Charlton, Bobby Moore and Billy Wright are the other former England players to have reached the century milestone.