3/19/08

Beckham wants no cap favours

David Beckham only wants to win his 100th England cap if he is in the side "on his merits", according to the Los Angeles Galaxy general manager and president Alexi Lalas.

The midfielder was left out of Fabio Capello's first England squad against Switzerland last month but has been tipped to be included in the party chosen by the Italian tomorrow lunchtime for next week's friendly against France.

Capello cited Beckham's lack of match fitness as the reason for leaving him out for the Switzerland clash, but Galaxy are now gearing up for the start of the new Major League Soccer season.

Capello's number two Franco Baldini watched Beckham play for Galaxy against FC Dallas on Saturday, and Lalas believes the 32-year-old has shown enough to be included in tomorrow's squad.

"For him to finally get over the top and get it done with is going to be important," the former USA defender told Sky Sports News.

"But I also think he wants to make sure he earns it. Not necessarily for the service that he's given but for where he is.

"He wants to contribute. If you're going to come in and play against a team like France you need all guns blazing so he wants to be called in on his merits.

"He understands as he gets older his chances are less but I still think David Beckham can help England right now with where he is physically and for the type of player he is.

"And for the type of big-game player he is. When things are on the line, David Beckham steps up."

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