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I didn't beg and plead: Beckham

Former England football captain David Beckham has vowed to make a comeback to the England squad, saying he is no quitter.

india Updated: Sep 18, 2006 19:07 IST
Asian News International
Asian News International

Former England football captain David Beckham has vowed to make a comeback to the England squad, saying he is no quitter.

Recalling his telephone conversation with England Coach Steve McClaren who told him about his sacking, Beckham said he had wished McClaren well, and had never begged to be retained in the side as was being touted around in the media.

“He said that with moving on, there come casualties and ‘you are one of the casualties’. That was it, really. He asked me how I wanted to deal with it. He asked if I wanted to call him back in two days and tell him how I was going to deal with things. He asked how we should deal with it on the press side. I told him I had dealt with plenty of bad things that had happened to me in the past. So, I said 'you deal with the England side and the team and I will deal with whatever is thrown at me,” The Mirror quoted Beckham as saying.

“I heard later there were some reports that I had begged and pleaded with him not to do it. Well, obviously I was upset but nothing like that happened. There was no shouting, no crying. It was a five-minute conversation. As soon as he told me I was one of the casualties, that was really when the conversation ended. I told him good luck and that it was his decision as the manager. That's the way it goes. There was definitely no crying. Not on the phone to the manager, anyway. I was upset but I am a man and I would never crawl to someone to pick me for the team,” said Beckham.

Becks who has appeared 94 times for England, said that he still nourished the dream of reaching the 100-cap mark. “I didn't announce my international retirement because I want to play for England again.

I still want to reach that milestone of playing for England 100 times and help them win the European Championship. It's a target I set myself a long time ago and I won't give up now. I don't like to take the easy option and the easy option would be to pack everything in and think 'I am never going to play for England again'. Well, I might never play again. That's entirely possible. But I am the type of person who will fight for things. When I want something, I will fight as much as possible to get it. I won't throw my toys out of the pram and give in.”

First Published: Sep 18, 2006 19:07 IST