Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Beasley dreams of England clash at World Cup

DaMarcus Beasley has vowed to remain in Rangers manager Walter Smith's plans in a bid to help him realise his dream of facing England in the World Cup this summer.

The United States international has made a dramatic return to the first team in the last few games after spending months in the wilderness.

A combination of injuries and finding himself on the periphery of the squad led him to question whether he had a future at Ibrox but a startling return to form has since allowed him to put his Rangers career back on track.

The winger impressed in the 3-0 win over St Johnstone before finding the back of the net against both Dundee United and Motherwell as the Scottish champions returned to the summit of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

Beasley is now desperate to retain his place in the team for the second half of the season, knowing that a place in America's World Cup squad could be the prize if he can continue his fine form.

Meetings with Slovenia and Algeria await Bob Bradley's men in South Africa this summer but Beasley admits it is the prospect of facing England which really excites him.

“There has been a lot of talk about the game,” he said.

“We won in 1950 and there is the history of that. It's definitely a big game for us. But I'm not there yet.

“I want to play football and I'm just glad I'm getting the opportunity at the moment.”

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