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Beckham accepts limited role with England
September 12th, 2008 3:31AM



David Beckham said he doesn't expect to play every game for England and that he's comfortable with that. On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder was an 84th minute sub in England's 4-1 win over Croatia in World Cup qualifying while his replacement, 19-year-old Theo Walcott, scored a hat trick.

"I'm pleased for Theo and the team, and I am happy to be here with the squad, but I don't expect to play in every game anymore," said former 33-year-old England captain. "That's the way it is now.

"I was happy to get on in both games [Andorra and Croatia] and would have liked to have played more but it's all about the team and the squad, and qualifying for the World Cup.

"I really don't care if I play or not. I'm just happy with the way they played and with the six points from the two games. The biggest thing is England winning and qualifying."

Beckham was a 79th minute sub in last Saturday's 2-0 win over Andorra.

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