David Beckham admitted that he continues to harbor hopes of playing for the England National team and said that he would try and secure a loan move back to Europe to give himself the best chance.
However, the 35-year-old midfielder also admitted that he wouldn't be returning to the Italian side AC Milan, with whom he spent loan sessions in the last two years during the MLS off-season period.
Going back to Milan is not possible because of getting on to the roster for such a short space of time, so unfortunately I won't be going back to Milan. He said.
He underlined the importance of joining a European side and maintaining his fitness so as to keep his hopes of rejoining the England squad alive. He said, It would be nice to go somewhere because I want to keep myself fit, I want to keep myself with a chance of getting called up for England again, and with doing that I have to be somewhere. So fingers crossed I can do that.
Beckham missed out on joining the England squad during the World Cup after succumbing to an injury prompting his critics to call for the end of his England career. However, he claimed that he wanted his England place back to prove his critics wrong.
I've always been like that though. I always try to prove people wrong, he said. Sometimes I've done it, sometimes I haven't, but it's something I enjoy doing. I enjoy it if people criticize or doubt me. I try to turn it into a positive, into something I can be proud of.
Beckham received the Lifetime Achievement award, which is usually given at the end of the career of Sportsmen, at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards during Sunday. However, he insisted that he still has years on the playing field in front of him.
One of the things I said I was going to say, and then forgot, was that receiving a lifetime achievement award is something you normally get at the end of a career. But I still feel that I am starting a new chapter, to be honest.
I may be 35 years old but I still feel I can play at the top level for a couple more years. I still feel that I am playing well and can still do much more. I have not finished yet.
I wake up every day and want to achieve something. I want to be a good role model for my children and for other children out there. I love the game and I'm not done with playing the game yet.''
However, he quashed reports of an immediate return to the Premier League. He said, I've always missed playing in the Premier League since I left it and maybe one day I'll come back here. But I've always said it will only be for Manchester United - and I'm not holding my breath on that one!