David Beckham has said that he feels England have a great chance of victory at Euro 2004 this summer.
David Beckham has said that he is enjoying his time with Real Madrid and that he feels England have a great chance of victory at this summer's European Championship.
Beckham's move from Manchester United to Real Madrid was one of the biggest talking points of the summer. The England captain was the latest so-called galactico to join the nine-times European champions and on arrival in the Spanish capital, Beckham was an instant hit.
The decision to move to Madrid was a brave one for Beckham, but one typical of a player who always likes to set new challenges for himself.
"It was a hard thing to do," says Beckham, "to come from a club like Manchester United and carry on doing well and continue at a Manchester United level."
Previous big-money signings Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo took their time to settle at the Santiago Bernabeu - the Brazilian taking four months to win over the notoriously hard-to-please Madrid fans.
Life was easier for Beckham and some early goals helped him settle quickly in Madrid, allaying any fears that he might also take his time to fit into the pace of the Spanish game.
Beckham continued: "I think the most important goal I scored was the first one because people were wary about me coming over here as a player and as a person - they thought I was here to sell shirts."
Far from it. Real sit two points clear at the top of a highly competitive League and some of Beckham's performancesso far - especially in matches against rivals Atletico Madrid and Barcelona - have earned huge praise.
"To experience playing and being in the same team as these players is something that might not ever happen again - to have so many great players in one team.
"It’s like the Harlem Globetrotters because there are so many great players and showmen. I just wanted to be one of these stars and play in this team.
"I think I have improved as a player and if I have done that I've succeeded in what I wanted to do."
This summer Beckham will travel to Portugal as captain of Sven-Goran Eriksson's England squad and hopes are high of a successful tournament.
"If we get a certain amount of luck I definitely think we have the talent to go all the way," he said.
The Three Lions will start their campaign against European champions France before taking on Switzerland and Croatia in a difficult looking Group B.
"If we get a little bit of luck then you never know."