David Beckham insists he will always answer England’s call to be captain after taking the armband against Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday night.
Beckham led England out for their 3-0 win in Port of Spain, with the cynical view being that it will help gain FIFA vice-president Jack Warner’s – from Trinidad – vote for the Football Association’s 2018 World Cup bid.
“I was surprised and didn’t expect it,” Beckham said. “But I’ll always answer the call and be available for my country and captain them as well – it was a surprise but I am honoured to do so.”
Gareth Barry opened the scoring with his first England goal, then Jermain Defoe scored either side of half-time.
“It was a tough performance and the manager was telling us before the game that even though it was a friendly we had to take it seriously,” he added.
“The respect is there [for manager Fabio Capello] and there for one another and that is how it needs to be and the qualifiers are the big thing for us now.”
Defoe was delighted to get back on the scoresheet, his first international goals since 2006.
He said: “I enjoyed it. It was important to get the win and I’m delighted to get two goals. To play for your country is the best thing in the world. The lads have had long seasons but they’re all here and we’ve enjoyed every minute of it.”