Beckham has made 102 appearances for his country, 23 less than Shilton, and while another seven caps to beat Bobby Moore´s mark for an outfield player is more realistic, there is still the slimmest of chances to reach the target set by the former Nottingham Forest goalkeeper.
"If we haven´t got anyone to force themselves through in the next couple of years then we are going to be struggling to do anything at the next World Cup," said Shilton, speaking at an event organised by England Team Sponsors Nationwide Building Society.
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