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Last Updated: Thursday, 7 June 2007, 10:22 GMT 11:22 UK
Beckham commits to England cause
David Beckham
Beckham made his England comeback against Brazil last week
David Beckham says he is eager to play for England as long he is "allowed" to.

The former captain, 32, was England's shining light against Estonia, setting up two of his side's three goals during the 3-0 victory in Talinn.

"I believe I can play for this team as long as I am allowed to," Beckham told BBC Five Live.

"If this carries on then great. But I've enjoyed the last couple of weeks being in the team and with the lads. There has been a great atmosphere."

He added: "Coach Steve McClaren has made it clear - if I'm performing and playing like I've been playing recently I'll be in the squad."

Beckham's England career was deemed to be over after he was left out of McClaren's first squad last August.

When he's playing like that he's invaluable to us

McClaren on Beckham

But the midfielder, who is set to move to American side LA Galaxy next season, has been in sparkling form for Real Madrid since the turn of the year.

That, coupled with England's indifferent displays in their last four qualifiers, saw McClaren bring the player back into the squads for the games against Brazil and Estonia.

"I'm doing what I love doing, which is playing football," said Beckham, who also revealed he twisted his ankle early in the match.

"We beat Estonia because the team worked hard during the game - it was a big win for us.


"We knew we had to come out on top and because of that these players came out fighting."

McClaren was delighted with Beckham's performance.

"David was immense," said the former Middlesbrough boss.

"He has set up three of the four goals we have scored since he came back and that's why he's in the team.

"He got a knock early on but didn't want to come off and when he's playing like that he's invaluable to us but once we got the second and third we could allow him to take a breather.

"Now he can get back to Real Madrid and try and win a medal."

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