Beckham looking for revenge against Croatia

November 26, 2007

David Beckham has claimed he is looking for World Cup revenge on Croatia after they dumped England out of the qualifying stages of Euro 2008.

Beckham, currently in Sydney with his club side the Los Angeles Galaxy, also repeated his hope that he will be able to reach 100 caps for his country as he still has the 'experience and the passion'.

England were yesterday drawn in the same group as Croatia for the qualifying stages of the 2010 World Cup, along with Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Andorra.

'It's a group that there's still some very tough teams in there and obviously Croatia's in there again and we have to try to get our own back on Croatia,' Beckham said.

'But it's important that we go into the qualifiers now with a positive frame of mind, there's going to be obviously a new manager in place by then I'm sure so we'll have to wait and see.'

The former national team captain said he hoped to add to his tally of 99 international caps and help England get to the World Cup in South Africa in 2010.

'I know how things can change so quickly in the national team - eight months ago if someone would have said to me that I'd be getting another cap and playing for England I probably wouldn't have believed them,' Beckham said.

'But I was brought back in and I got up to 99 caps and I want to go on from there.

'I believe that I can, I'm 32 years old, but I believe that I've got the experience and the passion still to play for my country.

'And I hope that when the next manager comes in that he gives me that chance but we'll have to wait and see.'

Tomorrow the Galaxy play a friendly against Sydney FC, whose line-up boasts former Middlesbrough playmaker Juninho and striker Michael Bridges, who played for England at under-21 level.

And Beckham warned his side to expect a tough challenge against the diminutive Brazilian.

'We know that they've got some talented players, obviously Juninho is one of the best players that I've played against in the Premiership,' Beckham said.

'It's great that he's here, it's great for their team and it's also great for the league.'