David Beckham could not help but smile as he listened to commentary of his famous free-kick against Greece for the first time.
Today marks the 20-year anniversary of the historic moment the now-retired England captain stepped up and delivered one of the finest moments in the nation’s football history.
With his side 2-1 down in injury time, the iconic No.7 swerved the ball into the top left-hand corner from range to send his country through to the World Cup finals.
And to celebrate 20-years of the historic goal, the Manchester United legend posted a video of himself on Instagram listening to the commentary for the first time.
He listened intently and smiled as he soaked in the emotion of the recording, before looking at the camera and shrugging when the ball went in and chaos ensued.
Beckham captioned the post: “20 years ago today and my first time listening to this commentary…
He added: “To represent my country, to captain my country, to score a goal for the fans, and to do it all at Old Trafford”, adding love hearts and an England flag emoji.
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Beckham had missed several free-kicks from closer range in the lead up to the free-kick against Greece and even had to shoo Teddy Sheringham away in order to take it.
But all was forgiven as the net bulged, sparking wild scenes amongst Three Lions fans at Old Trafford, where Beckham had netted dozens of similar goals – few as important.
The moment capped off a fascinating redemption arc for the England skipper after he had let England supporters down by getting sent off following a kick-out at Argentina’s Diego Simeone during the 1998 World Cup.
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Beckham said previously: “That moment was redemption for what had happened because up until then there was always that cloud around the sending off.
“I felt that the real England fans and the fans that disliked me for a few years all of a sudden were like, ‘ok that’s it, we can move on now.’”
And the 26-year-old’s one-all-over haircut, white Adidas predator boots and baggy shirt will remain etched long in our memories for delivering one of the most spectacular goals ever seen for England.
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