Beckham insists he will play till 40

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Milan, Jan 19(ANI): England midfielder David Beckham has denied reports suggesting that he might hang up his boots after the World Cup campaign in South Africa, saying he might play until he is 40.

Earlier, certain media reports had suggested that Beckham is planning to retire after the World Cup, as he wants to settle down back in Britain with wife Victoria and sons Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz.

"I would love to still be playing in five years' time, but we will have to wait and see. I definitely think it is possible if I look after myself and carry on doing what I am doing," The Mirror quoted Beckham, as saying.

"I haven't said anything about retiring and I'm not thinking about it. It's something that's definitely not true and it's not going to happen. I can't even see the logic in the idea," he added.

Beckham further said he would not consider retirement even if England end up winning the trophy.

"If I was to be picked in the squad and we were to go all the way in the World Cup and win it, people might turn round and say 'it's a great time to quit', but I'd still carry on playing," Beckham said.

"It's all about your passion for the game and how much you love playing, not reaching a certain level and saying 'you can't better that'," he added.

Beckham is currently on loan at AC Milan from LA Galaxy, where he has 18 months left of a five-year contract, but he has made a series of emotional calls from Italy to Victoria, at their US home, emphasizing the importance of the family being together in England. (ANI)

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