18405 - Beckham believes he can still Play for England

David Beckham says that he remains determined to play top-level football within the next few months in order to regain his place in the England side.

Beckham is keen to secure a loan move back to Europe and speculation is rife over where he will end up, as he has admitted he will not be returning to Italian side AC Milan. And, after a long period out with injury, the midfielder claims he wants 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 criticise or doubt me. I try to turn it into a positive, into something I can be proud of."

Beckham picked up a Lifetime Achievement award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony this weekend, but is insistent that he still has plenty of playing days ahead 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,'' he said. ''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.''

Beckham, though, played down the prospect of an imminent return to the Premier League.

''I've always missed playing in the Premier League since I left it and maybe one day I'll come back here,'' he added. ''But I've always said it will only be for Manchester United - and I'm not holding my breath on that one!"