Beckham set to overtake Bobby Moore’s England cap recordMarch 28th, 2009 - 2:55 pm ICT by ANI
London, Mar 28 (ANI): English midfielder David Beckham has only to make it onto the pitch against Slovenia today to get his 109th cap, and beat the record of Bobby Moore, regarded by many as England’s greatest player.
Beckham equalled Bobby Moore’s tally when he appeared in the friendly against Spain last month, but recently admitted he thought his days as a top-line player were over when manager Steve McClaren dumped him in 2006.
“I have had a lot of ups and downs in my career but being left out of the England squad was a big low. It knocked my confidence a lot and it affected me. I just assumed I wouldn’t play for my country again. They were playing well and I just thought: That’s it,” Beckham had said.
Now, he says: “The confidence is back that I can still play at this level. I went to LA to try something different and the game is still growing there. However, I was quite happy to get the Milan thing sorted. I have to be playing at the highest level to put me in a position to carry on getting picked for England.”
Stephanie Moore MBE, who set up the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research, told Sky News: “It will be a marvellous personal achievement. It will also be a testimony to his outstanding contribution to English and world football.”
“The fact that David generously donated the shirt he wore on his 108th cap to the Bobby Moore Fund is a mark of the man. His gesture will help us raise crucial funds for our globally respected bowel cancer research programme.”
“If Bobby were alive today I’m sure he would be the first to congratulate David,” the Sky News quoted her, as saying. (ANI)
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