LA Galaxy and England midfielder David Beckham says he would consider a move back to the Premier League in January if it increased his chances of winning a place in Fabio Capello's England squad for the 2010 World Cup.
The 34-year-old, who has recently returned to training with the Major League Soccer outfit, spent the first half of the year - the American off-season - on loan at AC Milan to continue playing competitively and maintain his fitness levels.
However, the former England captain's actions have not endeared himself to both Galaxy players and fans following the loan spell, with Beckham’s commitment to the club coming under regular scrutiny.
The former Manchester United and Real Madrid man will face a similar situation at the end of 2009, with Beckham expected to seek a loan move to ensure he is playing week in, week out in the run up to the South Africa showpiece.
And while a second stint at the San Siro is one option, Beckham has revealed he would be tempted by a return to the Premier League, should an opportunity arise.
“I would definitely consider it," he said. “Never say never.
"When I left United, I said I would never want to play for another English club.
“My heart was in Manchester, and I couldn't see myself wearing another shirt in the Premiership and playing against United. Now I wouldn't rule it out.”
Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a move for the midfielder - who has won 112 caps for his country - in the past.
However, Beckham added that his preference would be to return to Milan, who are now under the guidance of former Brazilian international Leonardo following Carlo Ancelotti's switch to Chelsea.
“I have a couple of months to sort things out and hopefully I can go back to Milan. That would be perfect," he said.
“I would do anything if it gives me a chance of being in the England squad for the World Cup finals.
“I would do it all again. Yes, there's going to be criticism out there but it's about how you ride it.”
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