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Beckham reveals England ambitions

world Updated: Dec 21, 2010 10:55 IST

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Former England captain David Beckham has revealed that he wants to play for a European club this winter in a bid to win back his place in the national side.

Beckham has spent the last two winters on loan from Los Angeles Galaxy at AC Milan but accepts that move will not happen again and he has ruled out all Premier League clubs apart from Manchester United.

The 35-year-old, who received the BBC sports personality's lifetime achievement award on Sunday night, said: "I won't be going back to AC Milan this time because is not possible to go onto the roster for such a short length of time.

"But I will be going back somewhere as I want to keep myself fit and keep myself in with a chance of getting called up for England again. To do that, I have to be somewhere so fingers crossed I can sort something out."

Beckham, whose Major League Soccer season with the Galaxy does not begin again until March, has trained with Arsenal in the past to regain his fitness but he will resist offers to play for any other Premier League club apart from United.

He added: "I have always missed playing in the Premier League since I left it almost eight years ago.

"It is a great league and one of the most competitive in the world. Maybe one day I will come back here but I have always said that it will only be for Manchester United. I am not holding my breath on that one, but we will have to wait and see.

"But definitely not Preston (where he played on loan as a teenager) - it's too cold up there!"

Beckham has already been offered the chance to return to England by his former international coach Sven Goran Eriksson, who is now is charge of Championship club Leicester.

Eriksson remains interested in Beckham but conceded there is little realistic chance of concluding a deal.

Eriksson told BBC Radio Leicester: "I would try again and that would be the third time. But no, he will not come - I am pretty sure - so we can forget that story."

Beckham has not played for England since suffering a torn Achilles tendon in March that kept him out of the World Cup, but he made a successful return for the Galaxy.