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Thursday, 13 February, 2003, 08:51 GMT
Beckham makes Euro promise
England captain David Beckham is flat out during the first half of the defeat against Australia
David Beckham lies dejected at Upton Park
David Beckham has pleaded with England's wounded players to take their frustrations out on the forthcoming European Championship qualifying games.

Wednesday's game of two halves against Australia left Sven-Goran Eriksson's squad with a point to prove when they face Liechtenstein and Turkey.

Beckham admitted England's first-choice 11 were disappointed not to be given the chance to repair the damage they had created in the first half.

We didn't give the young lads a chance in the second half

England captain David Beckham
England's senior players were booed off at half-time and the jeers continued at the final whistle after the young second-half team had tried in vain to haul England back.

"We are very disappointed," said Beckham.

"The 11 who came off would have loved to have stayed on, and that's the disappointing and annoying thing about playing half a game.

"But the manager had no choice in the matter. The club-versus-country thing has been a big issue all week and was sort of topped off with the way things went on the night.

England captain David Beckham
Beckham feels the pain of defeat
"We didn't give the young lads a chance in the second half.

"We got booed off at half-time, which is not much fun and very frustrating.

"But what was more frustrating for me was the 11 young lads out there in the second half also getting the same treatment.

"They certainly didn't deserve that. That for me was more disappointing than having a go at the senior players, who can accept that to a certain extent.

"Maybe it wasn't directed at them. Maybe it was still directed towards the first-half performance.

"But for many of the young lads it was their first game - which they are going to remember for a long time.

England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson (right) and assistant Brian Kidd look on at Upton Park
Eriksson and assistant Kidd look on anxiously
"I don't think it will damage them and I'm not sure if they noticed it as much as I did - but I don't think it's fair."

Beckham insists England can channel their aggression into the Euro 2004 qualifiers against Liechtenstein on 29 March and Turkey on 2 April.

He said: "We've got these two important Euro games coming up and it doesn't help your confidence and the morale.

"But we will get over this.

"We will get over this game and look forward to the next - and we know we need to put together a couple of good results."

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