David Beckham has told Sky Sports that the main influence over his move to AC Milan was to seal a place in England's World Cup squad.
England star detemined to land place at World Cup finals
David Beckham has confirmed to Sky Sports News
that the main influence over his move to AC Milan was to seal a place in the England squad for the 2010 World Cup finals.
The Three Lions are flying high at the top of their qualifying group and are on course to be one of the first European countries to book their place in South Africa next year.
Beckham has battled his way back into the international fold under Fabio Capello, but playing in Major League Soccer with Los Angeles Galaxy was hampering his efforts because of the differing playing schedules.
Now, having joined Milan on loan in January, he has seen his move extended until the end of the Italian season. He will then return to LA before finalising a permanent deal to rejoin Milan in December.
Beckham admits the chance to play for one of the biggest clubs in the world again was a huge lure, but the 'obvious' reason was his desire to play in another World Cup.
"There are a few reasons, one because I am playing with one of the biggest clubs in the world, and playing with some of the best players in the world and I am passionate about doing that as I have done that throughout my career," he told Sky Sports News
"But the one that everyone talks about is that it gives me the chance to play in the 2010 World Cup and I have to do everything I can to be involved in that."
Despite his move away from America, Beckham insists he continues to be as passionate about making football a success across the Atlantic - with some reports claiming he has already agreed to buy a franchise in MLS when he retires.
"It won't happen over a year a two it will be five, 10 or 15 years," he said,
"There is still a lot of hard work to be done but as long as it continues - if we have the success that we have had with attendances and their interest in the game continues to grow then that will be positive."