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Milan wins on pens after Beckham starts

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(CNN) -- David Beckham made his much-anticipated AC Milan debut in Dubai on Tuesday when the Serie A giants beat Hamburg 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out following a 1-1 draw.

Cruz Beckham sits on mum Victoria's lap as they watch former England captain David play for his Italian club.

Former England captain David Beckham was substituted at halftime on his Milan debut in a Dubai friendly.

The former England captain started in a Milan midfield that also featured Andrea Pirlo, Massimo Ambrosini and Ronaldinho before being substituted at half-time.

Ronaldinho put the Rossoneri ahead with a 63rd-minute penalty, but Collin Benjamin equalised four minutes later.

Beckham has joined Milan for three months from Los Angeles Galaxy and hopes that his Italian job will help him reclaim a place in Fabio Capello's England squad.

Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti had said Beckham could come into contention for a starting berth when his side resume Serie A action at Roma on Sunday following the winter break.

However, Ancelotti said after the Dubai date that Beckham is still not at his best after more than two months without a game.

Beckham currently has 107 caps and needs one more to equal the 'outfield' record held by Bobby Moore who held aloft the Jules Rimet trophy in 1966.

With England firmly on course for a place in the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa, former Manchester United and Real Madrid star Beckham has every incentive to prolong his career.

Milan, meanwhile, must decide whether or not to include Beckham in their European plans having been paired with Werder Bremen in the last 32 of the UEFA Cup.

The two-leg tie will be played in February and Milan must decide on their squad selection by the end of January when the transfer window closes.

Beckham is scheduled to return to the U.S. at the end of March to prepare for the start of Major League Soccer and would be unavailable from the quarterfinal stages on in Europe.

AC Milan are currently third in the Italian top flight nine points behind city rivals Inter and three adrift of second placed Juventus.

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