Beckham to start for PSG against Marseille in French Cup

PARIS Tue Feb 26, 2013 12:58pm GMT

Paris Saint Germain's soccer player David Beckham waves as he attends his first training session with PSG squad at the Camp des Loges training center in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, near Paris, February 13, 2013. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Paris Saint Germain's soccer player David Beckham waves as he attends his first training session with PSG squad at the Camp des Loges training center in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, near Paris, February 13, 2013.

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PARIS (Reuters) - David Beckham will be in the starting line-up when Paris St Germain take on arch rivals Olympique Marseille in a French Cup last-16 tie on Wednesday, coach Carlo Ancelotti said.

Asked if the former England captain, who made his first appearance as a second-half substitute in the 2-0 home win against OM in Ligue 1 on Sunday, would start at the Parc des Princes, Ancelotti told a news conference on Tuesday: "Yes. In the same (defensive midfielder) role as (Marco) Verratti."

Verratti is suspended for the game.

"(Beckham) is in good condition; he has experience, quality to help us win tomorrow," said Ancelotti. "He can play a whole game."

Beckham, 37, joined as a free agent on January 31.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Clare Fallon)

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