David Beckham Not Afraid Of Missing Out On England's World Cup Squad

Press conference: David Beckham - England (PA)
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Press conference: David Beckham - England (PA)
David Beckham says that he is not afraid of being left out of the England squad for the 2010 World Cup.

While ageing midfielder admitted that it would be a blow to fall prey to the axe, he insisted that he will respect any decision that manager Fabio Capello makes.

"I do not fear being axed for the World Cup," Beckham told the News of the World.

"If I don't make the squad it's not going to stop me supporting the team. Nothing is guaranteed - I have discovered that is true in my career.

"If I can be part of it then it will be amazing.

"Everybody knows how much I love playing for my country but the manager will always pick a squad he thinks will win the competition. That has to be the way.

"If I am not part of that, of course I'd be upset, but it is something I would still respect.

"It would because the manager felt it was right in terms of his system and having the best players in the team."

The LA Galaxy player admitted that the sting of being dropped from the national team after he stepped down from the captaincy in 2006 still haunts him to this day.

The 34-year-old also added that even his impending loan move to Milan will not guarantee a trip to South Africa.

"It still hurts that I was left out by Steve McClaren after I had resigned from the captaincy - but being picked for next summer is not something I take for granted," Beckham added.

"Even me going to Milan doesn't guarantee anything. It gives me a chance of being in the squad - but it doesn't guarantee it."

Adithya Ananth, Goal.com UK

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