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Oct 17, 2008

Becks to boost England hopes with Prem return?

David Beckham is reportedly eyeing up a return to the Premier League in a bid to cement his place in Fabio Capello's England squad.

The former captain, who played a brief role as a substitute in England's 3-1 win over Belarus on Wednesday, is facing the prospect of elimination from the end-of-season play-offs with his club side L.A. Galaxy, meaning his season could be over in two weeks.

Indeed, aside from a two-match Galaxy tour to New Zealand and Australia in December, Beckham is aware that he will play no club football until next April.

Having trained with Arsenal in January, the midfielder appears keen to return to England to boost his fitness levels and The Daily Telegraph reports that his advisers are currently in talks with Arsene Wenger's side again ahead of the friendly against Germany in Berlin on Nov 19.

Beckham would equal the 108-cap outfield record of World Cup-winning captain Bobby Moore if he makes an appearance, but has been relegated to a bench-role with the emergence of Theo Walcott on the right side of midfield.

While a loan move to the Premier League is also a possibility, Beckham reiterated his desire to continue playing under the new regime of Capello which has brought England their best ever start to a World Cup qualifying campaign.

''There's a lot more seriousness around the England team - and it's paying off,'' Beckham said. ''It's not about anything but the football and at past competitions it has been about other things that have surrounded the England team.

''Now it's more about us being successful in a big competition. It's nice to be part of a team that's so confident and doing so well.

''In this England team, we've got players who are some of the best in Europe, even the world.

"Things are looking bright . . . and hopefully it continues. It's about time the country and the fans had something to look forward to."

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