David Beckham will rejoin Milan on loan from Los Angeles Galaxy in January, boosting his hopes of a England World Cup squad place.
Beckham, who made the same move last season, wanted to repeat the loan after England coach Fabio Capello said he needed to be playing in Europe to remain a contender for the squad for the World Cup starting in South Africa on June 11.
"I need to give myself the best chance possible to make the World Cup squad and playing for Milan on loan will help me to do that," Beckham said.
"I genuinely enjoyed my time at Milan and I look forward to meeting the players and staff again. I'm committed to LA Galaxy and MLS in the long term and remain as passionate as ever about growing the game of soccer in America."
The former England captain has mainly been used as a substitute by Capello, who was not prepared to consider the country's most capped outfield player if he was out of action during MLS's long close season from November to March.
His second loan, the financial details of which have not been released, has been in the pipeline for months despite reports some English Premier League clubs were interested.
"We are very happy to re-see David Beckham in the red and black shirt after the splendid experience of last season," Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani said.
"We are sure that this period in Europe will help the player to take part in the next World Cup and then to continue his career at Los Angeles Galaxy, whom we thank for their help."
Beckham upset Galaxy fans and officials last season when he decided to stay in Italy until the end of the campaign rather than return to Los Angeles in March under the original deal......