Against Spain

Beckham, Owen ‘at home’ against Spain

Madrid, Nov. 16 — Ahead of England’s friendly international soccer match against Spain on Wednesday at Real Madrid’s Bernabeu stadium, England captain David Beckham and Michael Owen — both who play for Real Madrid — have been commenting on their own footballing ambitions in contrasting styles.

While Michael Owen announced his relatively modest ambition to be remembered as “a decent footballer”, Beckham (currently on 76 caps) revealed that his aim was to surpass the number of international appearances made by Sir Bobby Charlton (106) and Bobby Moore (108).

“I have done the maths,” he insisted.

It appear however, that Peter Shilton, who holds the record with 125 England caps, is either beyond Beckham’s reach or not worthy of emulation!

Yet even if England enjoy an extended stay at the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany, David Beckham is still unlikely to get close to the boys of ’66 until 2007. Becks will then be approaching 33, and well past his peak.

Many think Beckham is already past his sell-by date, especially with Shaun Wright-Phillips pushing for contention on the right flank and Michael Owen and Steven Gerrard offering long-term options as captain. Indeed, if anyone will challenge Charlton or Moore, it is going to be Owen, aged just 24, and already with 65 caps.

Bookmakers, bet365.com, are offering odds of 2.25 on slight favourites Spain, 3.20 on an England win, and 3.10 on the draw.