David Beckham claims he has never taken his England place for granted following Friday night's impressive return to the international arena against Brazil.
The Real Madrid midfielder's England career looked to have been over when Steve McClaren cast him into the international wilderness upon succeeding Sven Goran Eriksson.
However, a combination of England's poor form and Beckham's renaissance at Madrid has forced McClaren's hand somewhat and the former England captain responded to his recall in some style at the new Wembley.
Adding guile to the right hand side of England's midfield, Beckham was the architect of his side's goal in the 1-1 draw and left the field to a standing ovation when substituted 15 minutes from time.
"I have never taken playing for England for granted," said Beckham. "I have always felt I have had to play for my place. That should be the case regardless of who you are.
"You have got to play for your place, earn the right to wear the shirt, and I have always done that in every team I have played for during my career. I'm just going to take each game as it comes.
"It was such an historical night for all of England and it was great to be out there. It is always nice to have the support of the fans and I have had that throughout my career.
"It was amazing out there for me. I was happy to have been part of such an historical occasion. It was good to be back in the England squad and it was nice to be with the team and just be part of the set-up again."