How Good Was David Beckham, Really?

England National Team

Years: 1996-2009
Strengths: Longevity, clutch goal scoring
Weaknesses: Untimely mistakes, relationship with fans
Highlights

The most controversial and divisive part of Beckham's career was his work with the England national team. Heading into his first World Cup in 1998, he was accused of not focusing enough on the team and was benched for two games. He did himself no further favors when, in their Round of 16 matchup with Argentina, he received a red card in a game England ultimately lost in penalties. The contention between Beckham and the England fans reached their breaking point in 2000, where despite assisting on two goals, he was harassed by the crowd and responded by flipping them the middle finger. He finally won the fans' good graces in October 2001 when he scored a stoppage time goal on a free kick to clinch qualification for the 2002 World Cup, and in 2009 became the most capped player in the history of English international football, scoring 17 goals for his country.

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