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LA Galaxy ace Beckham targets 2010 World Cup for England

England star David Beckham has revealed he plans to play in the 2010 World Cup.

Beckham won his 98th cap for his country in Friday's 1-0 win over Austria and he is in line to win his 99th cap against Croatia next week.

The LA Galaxy midfielder says he has no plans to quit international football and that he wants to continue playing for his country in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

"I want to play in the next World Cup. That is a big goal for me and an enormous challenge," Beckham told the Sunday Mirror.

"I believe I can do it. I wouldn't say it if I didn't mean it."

Beckham believes his decision to play in MLS will not affect his chances of continuing his international career.

"Contrary to some people's claims, I didn't leave European football too early," added Beckham.

"I am still playing well and at a good standard. That's why I'm optimistic I can play in the 2010 World Cup.

"I won't retire. I will always make myself available for my country. That hasn't changed. I would rather be stuck on 99 caps and England qualify, than win 100 caps and we don't make it."

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