David Beckham: 20-year anniversary of iconic free-kick that despatched England to 2002 World Cup

Was this Beckham’s biggest England second?

An iconic second from an iconic participant.

It is 6 October 2001 at Previous Trafford.

England are trailing 2-1 to Greece and going through the prospect of a tough play-off in opposition to Ukraine to achieve the 2002 World Cup finals.

Within the 93rd minute, up steps captain and Manchester United favorite David Beckham to curl residence a surprising 25-yard free-kick and ship England direct to the finals in South Korea and Japan.

“Up over the wall and in… David Beckham has finished it. It needed to be Beckham!” screamed BBC Radio 5 Stay commentator Alan Inexperienced, a clip you’ll be able to hearken to once more right here.

Twenty years later and former United, Actual Madrid, LA Galaxy, AC Milan and Paris St-Germain midfielder Beckham, 46, sat all the way down to hearken to Inexperienced’s commentary for the primary time.

“To signify my nation, to captain my nation, to attain a objective for the followers, and to do all of it at Previous Trafford…” Beckham wrote.

However there was extra than simply World Cup qualification at stake – this objective was about redemption for Beckham and it cemented his legendary standing for his nation.

Three years earlier, Beckham was the villain when he was despatched off in opposition to Argentina for kicking now Atletico Madrid supervisor Diego Simeone, as England went out of the 1998 World Cup in France on the last-16 stage.

“That was the second that England supporters forgave me for what had occurred just a few years earlier than,” he would later say.

“For me personally, that was redemption for what had occurred, as a result of up till then, there was all the time that cloud across the sending-off.”

Between 1996 and 2009, Beckham gained 115 caps for England, enjoying in three World Cups and two European Championships.

Nevertheless, of the 17 objectives he scored for his nation, maybe none is remembered extra fondly than the one he scored on 6 October 2001.

How the BBC Sport website covered the game in 2001
How the BBC Sport web site lined the sport in 2001
David Beckham celebrates in front of fans, 2001.
Previous Trafford erupts

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