No revenge mission
Monday, 07 September, 2009
David Beckham says thoughts are purely on World Cup qualification.
David Beckham insists England will not be looking for revenge against Croatia on Wednesday, with World Cup qualification the main inspiration.
With seven wins from seven qualifying games on the road to South Africa, Fabio Capello's men are within touching distance of a place in next summer's World Cup.
Croatia stand in the Three Lions' way on Wednesday and Slaven Bilic's side have fond memories of their last trip to the home of football.
England failed to qualify for Euro 2008 after losing 3-2 to Croatia at Wembley but Beckham, 34, wants to concentrate on the present, rather than the past, when the teams clash again.
"I am sure the fans want us to beat Croatia so they can have some revenge," Beckham said.
"But for us, the most important thing is this is a match that could seal our place in the World Cup. That is all we are thinking about.
"We have negative thoughts about the last time Croatia came to Wembley but it is not about revenge or putting to rest what happened."
England have come a long way since the heartbreaking defeat to Croatia two years ago and Beckham, the country's most capped outfield player in history, reckons the team have made giant strides on and off the pitch.
"We are a lot more confident now," he added. "Form-wise, we cannot get any better. We are in top form and if we win this match we are through - that's the incentive.
"We have also got our belief back. After the last qualifying campaign that had gone but the best thing now is that we have the trust back from the fans.
"The manager has brought back the belief and the trust the nation has in us. We needed that back because we have the best fans in the world, whether they are supporting us at Wembley or anywhere else."