On this day: October 6, 2001 – David Beckham sends England to the FIFA World Cup

Sport360 staff 11:16 06/10/2015
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Trailing 2-1 at home to Greece and needing a draw to book progress to the World Cup in Japan and South Korea, David Beckham refused to accept any other outcome.

He was like a man possessed, on a personal mission to seal the Three Lions’ progress. He led by example, eventually getting his reward when he curled home trademark free-kick in the dying moments.

Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson told BBC Sport that Beckham’s winner against Greece was his personal highlight of the midfielder’s career.

“David had missed many free-kicks during that game but was mentally very strong to take it when it was almost overtime, and he scored.”

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