Beckham included in Milan UEFA Cup squad

ROME - In-form David Beckham has been included in AC Milan's UEFA Cup squad even though his current loan from Los Angeles Galaxy ends on March 9, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Sunday.

Milan are desperate to keep the 33-year-old England midfielder, who set up two goals in Sunday's 3-0 win at Lazio, but Galaxy have said he must return in March.

"We have included him because he is playing well," Ancelotti told Sky.

If Beckham leaves in early March, he would be able to play in the away and home legs only of the last 32 tie against Werder Bremen on February 18 and February 26.

Beckham, whose side are second in Serie A, would not be drawn when asked about the chances of him staying beyond March.

"Of course I've said before I'm happy to be playing here," he told reporters. "It's a great club with great players and now we are in a good position. I'm taking each game as it comes and enjoying it."

Beckham joined Milan to stay in the England reckoning during the long U.S. close season and he is now hopeful of a place in Fabio Capello's squad for the February 11 friendly in Spain.

"The manager has said it about every player, if players are playing well and are fit they've got a chance of being in the squad. That's all I can do," he added. "I hope I get picked, if not I'll carry on enjoying my football here and work hard."

Long-term injury victims Alessandro Nesta and Gennaro Gattuso are also on Milan's new UEFA Cup list which teams cannot add to for the remainder of the season.

Inter Milan, who face holders Manchester United in the Champions League last 16, have again left striker Hernan Crespo off their European squad list, coach Jose Mourinho said earlier.

AS Roma have signed Udinese defender Marco Motta on loan, the club said in a statement, with media reports saying he would be included in their Champions League squad list which must be completed on Sunday. The transfer window closes on Monday.

Roma play Arsenal in the last 16 on February 24 and March 11.