England captain David Beckham has confirmed that he will lead out his country at
England captain David Beckham has confirmed that he will lead out his country at Old Trafford against Liechtenstein tomorrow night...
The Real Madrid midfield star picked up a yellow card on Saturday against Macedonia and will miss the vital away match to Turkey were he to get booked again tomorrow.
And Beckham admitted that the prospect of missing the match in Istanbul next month could affect his game.
"I think it will do because obviously there will be challenges I have to hold back on and certain situations I usually get into," said the former Manchester United man.
Beckham also revelead that the subject of him not playing at all had been discussed: "It was at one point because three or four players are on yellow cards. It was put to me but I'd rather play."
The Liechtenstein match will also be Beckham's first match at United's Old Trafford ground since his departure from the club in the summer.
"I'll probably be emotional but it will be nice to play back at Old Trafford so quickly after the move."
Despite the fact that Beckham was sold to Champions League rivals Real, the England no.7 hoped that the crowd would give him a warm welcome back.
"I'd like to think so, I had so many great years there, so many great friends back there - I'd like to think the reaction will be good."
"It would be a great feeling to score at Old Trafford but the main thing is not about me scoring but getting the win and then getting over to Turkey and doing what we have to do," he said.
"I am sure the fans will expect a win in style but the most important thing for us is to get three points. It would be good to get a few goals but a 1-0 win - we'll take that."
The England captain also had words for fans who were planning to make the trip to Turkey for the final Euro 2004 qualification game, despite the warnings from The FA.
"I think my advice to the fans would be to listen to what people are saying," he said.
"It is going to be volatile atmosphere and we don't want anyone to get hurt. Nothing against Turkey, it is a beautiful country and they are beautiful people, but the message is to stay away and people should listen.
"It is going to be interesting over in Turkey but at the end of the day it is a football game."
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