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Shilton expects to keep caps mark

David Beckham
Beckham's 108th England cap came in the 1-0 defeat in Spain on 11 February

England's most capped player Peter Shilton does not expect midfielder David Beckham to beat his record.

Beckham equalled Bobby Moore's outfield record of 108 caps and is now joint-second behind 125-cap Shilton.

Shilton told BBC Radio Stoke: "I don't think he'll beat my record. If he does it I'll congratulate him.

"But I hope he does it in style, rather than by the back door. There's a bit of debate about whether there should be caps given for substitute appearances."

The former goalkeeper, who retired in 1997 at the age of 47, elaborated: "Like the game against Belarus recently, it was a bit of a joke for a player of his quality, in the situation of the game, to come on for a minute.

"Against Kazakhstan he came on with 15 minutes to go and made a difference against a team that was tiring badly, and that was a good ploy at that stage.

"To maintain his fitness levels for so long, you have to admire him, and you don't get over 100 caps if you're not a good player."

Shilton won the last of his 125 England caps at the 1990 World Cup in Italy.

But Beckham, who is currently on loan at AC Milan from Los Angeles Galaxy, will break Shilton's record in the quarter-finals of the World Cup in South Africa in 2010 if he plays a part in every England qualifier and friendly match to that point.



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