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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Apr, 4, 2006

No excuses for failure in Germany, insists Beckham

England captain David Beckham will not offer excuses if Sven-Goran Eriksson's side fail to perform at this summer's World Cup.

Beckham is confident striker Michael Owen will overcome injury to be fit for the tournament in Germany, and feels the squad will be fitter than ever before.

'We can't keep making excuses going into competitions because with the talent we have in our country we have to go into this competition with the aim of going as far as we can,' Beckham told The Guardian.

'No excuses and no regrets. If we are not good enough we are not good enough, but we know we have got the players.

'The England team will be fresher than going into previous World Cups. We have gone into tournaments before with players carrying injuries and others missing. Hopefully we can avoid that and have everyone fit - that will give us a great chance.'

Owen's fitness is England's main concern, but Beckham is optimistic the Newcastle striker will recover from a fractured metatarsal in time.

Beckham overcame a similar injury before the 2002 World Cup, and said: 'I have heard Michael say he will be on that plane and that he will be fit, and fingers crossed he will.

'It's difficult but I think Michael will be fine. He has been through injuries before and he knows what he has to do.

'He's young, quick and athletic and when he's recovered from injuries before he has come straight back into the team and scored goals straight away. He will be hungry when he returns, he has had a rest over the last few weeks and he will be fresh going into the World Cup.'

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