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Becks happy with bench role

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England record breaker David Beckham is happy to carry on helping his country anyway he can.

The AC Milan and Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder came off the bench to replace Aaron Lennon for the start of the second half of Saturday's 4-0 friendly win over Slovakia at Wembley to make his 109th international appearance and surpass the mark of World Cup-winning captain Bobby Moore..

"Everyone wants to start for England, but at the end of the day, everyone also wants to play for England," said Beckham, whose trademark cross from the right set up Wayne Rooney for England's second goal on 70 minutes.

"Substitutes can be very important. We saw that [at Manchester United] in [the] 1999 [Champions League final] with Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

"Sometimes substitutes come on and can help secure a game, or change a game.

"I was happy with getting on and happy with the assist.

"It is what I have done for my whole career, and if I get a chance there are players like Wayne Rooney, Emile Heskey or Peter Crouch to get on the end of it."

Beckham declared: "If I start, then I start. If I don't, then I am part of the team - a good team which is going forwards."

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
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Aaron Lennon
David Beckham
Emile Heskey
Premier League
Peter Crouch
UEFA Champions League
Manchester United
Wayne Rooney
Teddy Sheringham
Bobby Moore

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