David Beckham: Best England Moments

Ed Wyman@@edwymanCorrespondent IAugust 14, 2010

David Beckham's Best England Moments

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    After Fabio Capello's recent assertion that David Beckham won't play any further competitive football for England, the curtain appears to have come down on one of the greatest England careers of all time.

    David Beckham may only play one more match for England, a friendly against France in November.

    There have been mixed reactions to the news with some saying it is time he went, and others saying he is still needed.

    Either way, Beckham has had a great England career. So, in chronological order, here's a look at the high points of his international career.

    Unfortunately the video's won't embed so I've just got the youtube links.


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    David Beckham made his England début in a World Cup qualifying match against Moldova on Sept. 1, 1996. He had just completed his first full season for Manchester United, scoring eight goals in 40 appearances.

    Beckham started the match and was involved in two of England's three goals.

    He would play in all the World Cup qualifiers as he quickly became a key member of both the England side and the Manchester United team.

    Few may remember the match in Moldova, as only 9,500 people were at the stadium, but the match was vastly important as it marked Beckham's first step on the way to becoming an England legend.

England vs. Colombia 1998

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    David Beckham scored his first of 17 England goals against Colombia in the 1998 World Cup with what would became a trademark free-kick.

    Beckham didn't have a great World Cup; he didn't start the first two matches and was sent off against Argentina, but his first England goal secured a win for his country and was to be the first of many important goals for his country.

    Scoring for England has always brought out the excited child in Beckham, and his first goal must have been an incredible feeling for the 23-year-old Beckham.


November 2000

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    In November 2000, Becks was made captain by temporary manager Peter Taylor. When Sven-Goran Eriksson got the full-time job, he retained Beckham as captain.

    Beckham would go on to lead England a massive 59 times, one of the highest totals for England ever.

    His captaincy would span three major tournaments and win him constant praise for his attitude towards playing for his country.

    The captaincy meant everything to Beckham and when he resigned it after the 2006 World Cup, he could barely hold back the tears, proving once again his passion for playing for his country.

England 5-1 Germany 2001

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    In 2001, England inflicted an humiliating defeat on Germany, coming from behind to beat the Germans in Munich.

    The night will be remembered for Michael Owen scoring a hat-trick, but it shouldn't be forgotten that three of England's goals came courtesy of David Beckham's mercurial crossing.

    The match went down in history as Germany's second-ever loss in a home World Cup qualifying match, and is forever imprinted on the minds of the English.

    Without Beckham, it may not have been possible.

England vs. Greece 2001

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    Deep into injury time against Greece, Beckham scored a stunning 25-yard free-kick which saved the game for England and took them into the 2002 World Cup.

    With one kick of the ball, Beckham became a national hero, a far cry from the villain who had been sent off against Argentina just three years earlier.


England vs. Argentina 2002

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    Four years after the infamous Argentina incident, Beckham scored a penalty, and the only goal, in a 1-0 win which helped England through to the knock-out stages.

    Beckham's second World Cup goal meant that Argentina didn't qualify for the next round of the World Cup and also gave Beckham his revenge for 1998.


England vs. Ecuador 2006

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    Another free-kick from Beckham gave England a 1-0 win over Ecuador as they qualified for the World Cup quarter-finals. 

    England would lose the quarter-final against Portugal, with Beckham going off injured. This meant that in the end, his goal didn't make a huge difference to England's World Cup campaign.

    By no means his most spectacular goal either, it was still an important goal. 

    This goal was Beckham's third in three World Cup tournaments, making him the only Englishman to have scored in three World Cups. The goal is also, to date, Beckham's last goal for England.



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    After the 2006 World Cup, Beckham was left out of the England squad, with new boss Steve McClaren saying the team was "looking to go in a different direction." He did say that Beckham could be recalled in the future.

    Beckham vowed to get back into the squad, and eventually managed to do so the next year, in a friendly against Brazil. He completed his comeback with a free-kick from which John Terry scored as England drew 2-2.

    His return to the squad kicked new life into England's European Championship qualifying campaign, but even the return of Beckham couldn't send England into the tournament, as they fell agonisingly short against Croatia.

100th Cap

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    In March 2008, Fabio Capello recalled Beckham to the England squad for a friendly against France. The match, which Beckham started, saw England win his 100th cap. 

    He became only the fifth England player to reach 100 caps, joining Sir Bobby Charlton, Bobby Moore, Peter Shilton, and Billy Wright, the first player to ever reach the landmark.

    Beckham was awarded a gold cap by Sir Bobby Charlton to mark the occasion.

    A few months later, Capello made Beckham captain for a friendly against Trinidad and Tobago.

    It was an impressive turn of events for a player who just two years previously had been dropped from the England squad entirely.

    Beckham would go on to become England's most capped outfield player, appearing 115 times to date.


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