Beckham ready for England comeback

Updated: 14 June 2009 07:53 IST

David Beckham was picked on Wednesday to start his first competitive England match in two years.

Wembley, England:

David Beckham was picked on Wednesday to start his first competitive England match in two years.

The World Cup qualifier against Andorra is Beckham's 112th international appearance.

While already holding the appearance record for an outfield player, the Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder is now closer to England's all-time record of 125 held by retired goalkeeper Peter Shilton.

Beckham is set to occupy the central role left vacant after Gareth Barry's suspension and an injury to Michael Carrick.

A seventh straight qualifying win would strengthen England's grip at the top of Group 6 with a maximum of 21 points.

The 34-year-old Beckham has started friendlies, but not a competitive match since a European Championship qualifier in Estonia in June 2007 after being recalled to the squad.

He had been dropped by then-manager Steve McClaren after making his last World Cup appearance, starting in June 2006 when England was ousted in the quarter-finals by Portugal.

Topics : Football Bayern Munchen
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