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Last Updated: Tuesday, 22 May 2007, 09:43 GMT 10:43 UK
Henry backs Beckham for England
Thierry Henry and David Beckham
Henry hailed Beckham as Real Madrid's "most consistent player"
Arsenal striker Thierry Henry believes David Beckham's form for Real Madrid this season warrants an England recall.

Beckham has not played international football since Steve McClaren became head coach after last year's World Cup.

But, with England due to play Brazil on 1 June ahead of a Euro 2008 qualifier against Estonia, Henry told the BBC: "He has never dropped his quality.

"He has been the most consistent player at Real Madrid. Maybe his quality was not appreciated with England before."

England have failed to impress in their Euro 2008 qualifying campaign under McClaren, drawing against Macedonia and Israel and losing to Croatia to leave them fourth in Group E.

And Henry said: "What Beckham has done at Real Madrid has been unbelievable.


"I don't want to say anything controversial, because to be the England manager is probably the hardest job in the country and you have to respect Steve McClaren's choice.

"But maybe when David was playing for England, people took him for granted. As soon as he's not playing people call for him to be recalled and that speaks volumes.

"The guy has been magnificent for English football."

Beckham added to the BBC: "Whether the chance will come up to play for England again, who knows.

"I've been so honoured to play and captain my country as many times as I have and everyone knows how I feel about playing for my country.

"If that chance comes, I've always said I'd be ready but let's wait and see."

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