Beckham, Owen await friendly game against Spain

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:04 IST

England captain David Beckham and Michael Owen are looking forward to Wednesday's friendly international against Spain in Madrid.

Beckham, Owen await friendly game against Spain

Madrid:

England captain David Beckham and in-form striker Michael Owen described how much they are looking forward to Wednesday's eagerly-anticipated friendly international against Spain at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid. The Real Madrid team-mates will be playing on home turf wearing a different all-white strip to the ones they pull on for the day job and, at a press conference on Monday, Beckham scotched reports that he had decided to retire from international soccer after the 2006 World Cup campaign. With Beckham fit again after his double rib fracture and Owen scoring six in his last eight games for the Castillan giants, it may be a good time to attack the Spanish back four as Barcelona's Carles Puyol and Madrid's Ivan Helguera will both miss the game after picking up knee injuries last weekend. England captain David Beckham and his Real Madrid team-mate Michael Owen should be well used to running out at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in pristine, all-white kits in front of adoring fans. However, on Wednesday night they will not playing for 'Los Galacticos' but they will be taking for the field for their country's friendly international against Spain. On the fourth anniversary of his appointment as skipper, Beckham was in no mood to relinquish the captaincy or his place in the team. Turning his attention to Wednesday's game, Beckham spoke of his admiration for his club's famous stadium. In-form Owen has scored six in his last eight games for the Castillan giants and he can't wait for the whistle to blow. Owen netted the only goal in England's last World Cup game in Azerbaijan and he knows another win on Wednesday will give the squad a huge boost of confidence. He has scored in four in his last four games for Real and it may be a good time to attack the Spanish back four as Barcelona's Carles Puyol and Madrid's Ivan Helguera will both miss the game after picking up knee injuries last weekend. (AP)



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