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Beckham targeting England recall

ESPN staff
April 2, 2013
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Paris Saint-Germain midfielder David Beckham has not given up hope of earning a recall to the England squad.

Beckham, 37, has not played for England since coming on as a substitute against Belarus in 2009, when he earned his 115th cap.

The former Manchester United player is currently plying his trade in Paris, having joined the club after leaving Los Angeles Galaxy.

And, ahead of PSG's Champions League meeting with Barcelona on Tuesday night, Beckham is hopeful he could catch the eye of Three Lions manager Roy Hodgson.

He told CNN World Sport: "One of the reasons why I've never retired from the England team is because if there's ever an opportunity to play for them again, then I'm available.

"If there is any chance of me ever playing for my country again, I would never turn that down. Like I said, I'm almost 38 years old so the chances are very slight, but you never know."

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been impressed by Beckham since his arrival, and the Swede has highlighted the qualities the Englishman brings to the side.

"He has a big impact on the team, he has a lot of qualities," Ibrahimovic said. "He is a winner and he has a great feel for the ball. He brings us his experience of big matches. He's also a player with a big heart, who has won a lot of trophies.

"As for his free-kicks, he takes them, I take them, sometimes it's Alex - it's good to vary."

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