London: Former England football captain David Beckham believes that the current squad coached by Roy Hodgson has the potential to spring a surprise or two during Euro 2012 in Ukraine and Poland.
Beckham, who was at The Wembley on Saturday to collect a commemorative cap from UEFA for being one of only five men to have played more than 100 times for England, was quoted by the Daily Mail, as saying: “I think we’re going to go to the European championship and surprise a lot of people.”
“Expectations are not as high as they have been in previous competitions but we’re talking about England here. No one can doubt the talent or the passion we have,” he added.
On the withdrawal through injury of Frank Lampard and Gareth Barry, Beckham said: “It’s sad to see the players who are dropping out. They’ve worked so hard to reach a big competition like Euro 2012 and it must be really upsetting for them as players and professionals.”
He also jocularly remarked that he did not expect a call-up for the Euros.
“I doubt it will actually happen again. But there’s always a chance. I’ll never say never. I did bring my boots back with me,” Beckham said.