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Beckham makes AC Milan Uefa squad

David Beckham
Beckham proved his fitness playing 90 minutes for AC Milan on Sunday

David Beckham has been included in AC Milan's Uefa Cup squad despite technically only being able to play in two of their games.

Beckham's loan spell with AC Milan is set to end on 9 March, at which point he is due to return to the LA Galaxy.

But the Italian giants have made no secret of their desire to keep the 33-year-old and his inclusion has added to rumours that he may stay beyond March.

Beckham again starred for his new club as they beat Lazio 3-0 on Sunday.

The England midfielder set up two goals as the Rossoneri closed the gap on Serie A leaders Inter Milan to six points.

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star also played a full 90 minutes, proving his fitness to England boss Fabio Capello after being an injury doubt before the game.

Beckham crossed for Alexandre Pato to open the scoring before the break and then later whipped in a free kick which Massimo Ambrosini headed home for 2-0.

Kaka settled the game late on scoring his third goal in two games, as Milan moved above Juventus, who lost on Saturday.

Beckham has been in fine form since arriving in Milan on loan, scoring twice in four games.

If he does return to the America's MLS, Beckham would only be available for the Uefa Cup's last-32 games against Werder Bremen on 18 February and 26 February.

"We have included him because he is playing well," said AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti.

"We want to take advantage of his form for the two games against Werder Bremen."

The England star was a doubt before the Lazio game after injuring his abductor muscle in the 1-1 draw with Genoa.

But he again proved his fitness to Capello ahead of February's friendly with Spain in Seville.

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