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Posted on: Monday, March 15, 2010

Soccer: Beckhamís injury unlikely to affect Englandís WCup


By STUART CONDIE
AP Sports Writer

LONDON ó Going to the World Cup without David Beckham ó soccerís most marketable face and most famous right foot ó seems likely to affect Englandís tabloid coverage more than its chances on the field.

Eight years ago, England fans and coaching staff sweated on their then-captainís recovery from a broken bone in his left foot, and his perceived lack of fitness was then highlighted as one of the reasons for the teamís quarterfinal loss to Brazil.
But Beckham was the main man back then.
The Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder has remained a mainstay of newspaper coverage worldwide, and his movie star looks still help attract huge crowds wherever he goes. But he will be 35 when this yearís tournament starts June 11.