Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Beckham's Plea; Skipper Tells Sven: Play Me in Central Role at Euro 2004

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Beckham's Plea; Skipper Tells Sven: Play Me in Central Role at Euro 2004

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Byline: GRAHAM HUNTER

DAVID BECKHAM has revealed that he will ask Sven-Goran Eriksson to play him in the centre of midfield for England in Euro 2004.

The England captain has been a revelation in that position for Real Madrid, something Eriksson first encouraged him to experiment with.

Although Beckham will respect his national coach's right to use him where he wishes, their conversation will make clear the player's clear preference to run the midfield from the centre of the pitch.

He said today: "I definitely prefer this position in the centre of the midfield. I think it's obvious since I arrived in Madrid that this opportunity they've given me to prove my worth in this position has allowed me to play very well.

"Certainly I have a few exceptional players around me but I must say that in general I prefer playing in the middle.

"I would love it if I could do the same for England but that is a question for Mr Eriksson.

"I'd like to think we can win Euro 2004 and playing France in the first game will be something-extremely special. …

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