Beckham upbeat on penalties

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:04 IST

David Beckham's missed penalty was a turning point in the England-France game, but the captain is upbeat.

Lisbon:

England play their next euro 2004 game on Thursday against Switzerland and they will certainly need a full three points to make up for the opening loss to France. Beckham's missed penalty was a turning point in the England-France game. However, the star player says he will continue to be the main dead ball specialist for his team. "I think there's always pressure taking penalties. Every footballer knows that, every Sunday league player has pressure taking penalties, whether you are in Hackney Marshes or in the World Cup final. But I'll put myself up again and I'll take another one if so be," said Beckam. "I think that's what's good about being English, because the English mentality is about wanting to come back straight away. English people like to see teams bouncing back from things, that's what we're aiming to do on Thursday," he added. Meanwhile, the bad news for England is that mid-fielder Nicky Butt is almost certainly out for the rest of the tournament. The Manchester United player hurt his knee during training.

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