Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Becks Looked to Be Booked

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Becks Looked to Be Booked

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* DAVID BECKHAM has revealed he deliberately sought a yellow card against Wales on Saturday.

Two reckless clashes with Ben Thatcher earned the England skipper his second booking of the current World Cup qualifying campaign.

However, Beckham insists

he was happy to pick up a one-game ban as he already knew he would be sidelined by a rib injury suffered earlier in the match.

"It was deliberate," Beckham said. "I am sure some people think I have not got the brains to be that clever, but I do. I could feel the injury. So I fouled Thatcher.

"I knew straight away I had broken my ribs. I have done it before. I knew I will be out for a few weeks, so I thought: 'Let's get the yellow card out of the way."' Beckham confirmed his hairline rib fracture will keep him out of action for more than a month and the Real Madrid midfielder does not expect to figure in England's friendly against Spain on 17 November. …

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