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Beckham's focus is only on next Milan tie

David Beckham refused to look too far ahead after making a successful second debut for AC Milan in front of England manager Fabio Capello.

The England midfielder made a 75-minute appearance on his Serie A return as the Rossoneri moved into second with a 5-2 win over Genoa.

Capello said last month the 34-year-old will be in his World Cup squad if he remains fit in Italy.

Even with the England boss in the stands, the former Manchester United player insisted he is taking it one game at a time: "I didn't know he was there, I only found out afterwards.

"But he loves football and he'll go to every game possible. I know he visits all of the Premier League games and, obviously being in Italy over the Christmas period, he was able to come to this game.

"I think it's always important that I work hard and perform well and I felt I did that but it's just one game."

Beckham played a starring role in last night's win at the San Siro, starting in attack before moving into midfield in the second half.

He admitted he had not expected to walk straight into the team.

"I didn't expect to start, but obviously with the injuries we got during the week, I had to," Beckham said. "I was happy with the game and the win and it's just great to be back."

Beckham said there were no hard feelings after being denied the chance to score after taking the ball when Milan were awarded a third penalty.

However, Ronaldinho, who had scored one and missed the other from the spot, took the ball off him before captain Massimo Ambrosini gave it to Dutchman Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who made no mistake.

To Beckham it was not a big issue: "No, I didn't desperately want to take it. It's always important that the penalty taker always takes the penalties and that's why I gave the ball back to Ronaldinho.

"I think that's always the way it should be, but then he (Ambrosini) gave it to Klaas and he took it."

Milan travel to Juventus on Sunday before facing third division side Novara in the Coppa Italia.

League leaders Inter Milan are AC's opponents later this month and Beckham believes his side is well-placed to mount a challenge for silverware: "I think after the first half of the season, we've done well."


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