Beckham Looking Forward

England captain David Beckham has revealed his delight at seeing Upton Park chosen as the venue for tonight's friendly international against Australia - and admits he is looking forward to receiving a slightly different reception when taking corner kicks during the match!

Speaking in today's Evening Standard, the Manchester United midfielder isn't the least bit surprised that the Boleyn Ground was chosen as the next stop-off for the England Roadshow while Wembley is redeveloped, and believes that Hammers fans will certainly take more kindly to his appearance in a white shirt rather than a red one.

"We had to come to West Ham," he says. "For me, the West Ham fans are the biggest English fans and they have proved that over the years.

"It will be good to go to Upton Park. It was nice to train there yesterday, take some corners and not get a little bit of stick! It will be good to do that tonight."

The match will also give Beckham a chance to visit his roots again. Born in nearby Leytonstone, the 27-year-old admits that he might have joined West Ham as a schoolboy had his love for another United not led him to Old Trafford, and says he hasn't ruled out the possibility of returning to play in the capital one day.

"I always look out for the London clubs. West Ham were probably the first club who came in for me and I also trained at Tottenham for a few years

"I've lived in Manchester for about 12 years now but I'll always be a Londoner, no one's going to change that.

"There is a possibility I could play for a London club one day in the future. You never say never in football, because things can change so quickly, so I wouldn't rule it out."

Meanwhile, all eyes this evening are likely to be focused on Everton starlet Wayne Rooney as he gets ready to set a new record as the youngest player ever to play for England.

At 17 years and 111 days old, he will be breaking the original record set 124 years ago by James Prinsep, who was aged 17 years and 124 days when England beat Scotland 5-4 on April 5, 1879.

Ironically, there is also a West Ham United connection to that match. In the England side alongside Prinsep that day was a certain Arnold Hills, who played for Old Harrovians FC and had also represented Oxford in the Varsity match against Cambridge.

16 years later, in his role as chairman and owner of Thames Iron Works, he founded a company football team and the rest, as they say, is history!

*West Ham United would like to advise any supporters with tickets for tonight's match to give themselves plenty of time to travel to the stadium and gain access to their seat before kick-off.

Said a Club spokesman: "With so many new visitors and supporters from other clubs at Upton Park this evening, we are anticipating slightly more congestion and delay as ticket holders enter the stadium. Therefore we would advise that supporters arrive at the ground earlier than they do for a regular West Ham United home match."