Twenty Years Ago Today, That Free-Kick Sent England To The World Cup; David Beckham Recalls

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John Motson wasn’t sure if David Beckham’s spectacular free-kick that had just curled into the net had genuinely taken England to the World Cup.

But, overwhelmed by emotion and the national significance of the event, he felt forced to go for it nonetheless.

‘Yes, Beckham!’ Yes! David Beckham, he’s done it! ‘Fantastic, it’s 2-2 and England might yet qualify for the World Cup,’ cried the BBC’s football announcer, as fans jumped jubilantly from their sofas around the country.

Beckham had done it, but in those pre-smartphone days, few in the Old Trafford stands hugging friends, family, and strangers alike knew for sure8 if the goal meant anything at all.

Source: Daily Mail

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