Iker Casillas has backed David Beckham's decision to try and secure and permanent move to AC Milan.
Beckham is due to return to Los Angeles Galaxy next month at the end of a loan spell with Milan but he has expressed a desire to remain at the San Siro.
Casillas, a former team-mate of Beckham's at Real Madrid, will line up against the midfielder when Spain meet England in a friendly on Wednesday.
The goalkeeper supports Beckham and feels the 33-year-old still has a lot to offer at both club and international level.
"David Beckham is a reference for the England team and a key figure," said Casillas.
"Everyone knows how he plays. His decision to come back to Europe is dead right if he wants to continue to play for England.
"He is maybe not (Brazilian) Ronaldo in terms of his personality but he has got a lot of character and he is very important in the dressing room.
"Under Fabio Capello, David has shown that he is playing very well for England and that he is worth a place in the team."
Having worked with Fabio Capello at the Bernabeu, Casillas expects England to present a stern challenge for Euro 2008 winners Spain.
"Capello brings discipline and character," Casillas commented.
"He imposed real character on all of us when he came to Real Madrid and won the league after we had three or four years with nothing.
"He doesn't have any favourites in the dressing room, he always demands the most of everybody and creates real competitiveness within the team.
"I think the FA have made a very good decision.
"I am sure there is a new atmosphere, a new discipline about England now.
"He has a lot of intensity and is on top of everybody all the time. After negative results in the past for England he's a good appointment."