Beckham's AC Milan stint to seal his England ticket for 2010 World Cup

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London, Jan 6 (ANI): Ace midfielder David Beckham is certain of his ticket to the England team for the 2010 World Cup after being promised regular first-team football with AC Milan.

Beckham is back in Italy for a second loan spell and could play for the Rossoneri against Genoa at the San Siro tonight.

England boss Fabio Capello warned Beckham that he needs to be playing regularly in Europe if he is to make the squad for South Africa. But Milan coach Leonardo revealed that he expects Beckham to be more than just a bit-part player as AC Milan.

Beckham made 20 appearances under Carlo Ancelotti in last season's loan stint with Milan. Although Ancelotti is now at Chelsea, it appears his successor is happy with the loan deal, The Sun reports.

"We have a lot of matches and he will have a lot of football over the next few months. David will have plenty of opportunities because there is no doubt he is going to be an extremely important player for us over the rest of the season," Leonardo said.

"Not many English players do well in Serie A. That is true. But Beckham has adapted his life here. He has created a good relationship with everyone. He trains hard, he sacrifices himself. He works hard and does everything we ask. It is impossible for a player like him not to be successful," he said.

"He is always motivated which is very special. We have created a good relationship with him from the last time. I genuinely believe David feels at home here, which is important. David has been here over a week now and he has not lost his condition since playing in the US," Leonardo added. (ANI)

Story first published: Wednesday, January 6, 2010, 14:54 [IST]
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