Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Now Let's Go out and Stump the Welsh

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Now Let's Go out and Stump the Welsh

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Byline: By John Curtis

Beckham driven on by Ashes charge

David Beckham has admitted England are taking inspiration from the nation's cricketers as he set his sights on completing a sporting treble by lifting the World Cup next summer.

Beckham is to send a good luck message to skipper Michael Vaughan and his side as they look to win back the Ashes for the first time in 16 years by avoiding defeat in the fifth and final Test at The Oval next week.

Their top-notch performance is following on from England's memorable rugby World Cup triumph in 2003, with Beckham having struck up a close relationship with last-gasp drop-kick hero Johnny Wilkinson.

Now Beckham is dreaming of repeating the kind of success that brought accolades to Martin Johnson two years ago, and now Vaughan, against world champions Australia by triumphing in Germany in 10 months time.

Beckham said: "We can take inspiration from the cricketers. Everyone is proud of what the cricketers have done in England in the last two months against Australia and what has been happening there has been incredible.

"The football players want to do the same. We want to create the kind of euphoria and atmosphere that has been going on in England with the success of the cricket.

"The rugby team won the World Cup, the cricket team are doing ever so well in the Ashes and we all dream of winning the football World Cup to complete the treble ( although the most important thing is to qualify first.

"I will be sending a good luck message to the cricket team and that's what our players feel. Our players want to wish them good luck, like I am sure they want to wish us good luck as well."

Midfielder Frank Lampard echoed Beckham's sentiments ahead of today's World Cup qualifier with Wales in Cardiff and admitted: "There is a feelgood factor in cricket that we want to continue.

"I have watched and enjoyed the Ashes and a lot of people have been converted to cricket this summer. …

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