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Friday, 1 March, 2002, 12:35 GMT
Beckham's brilliance preserved in wax
David Beckham and his waxwork image
Man of the match and match of the man
The moment when England football captain David Beckham scored with a free kick to put England into the World Cup finals has been immortalised in wax.

The Manchester United star has had extensive sittings with the sculptors at Madame Tussaud's over the last two weeks.

More than 200 measurements were taken and eye and hair colours matched.

David Beckham has his eyes measured
All eyes are on the England skipper
The figure will form the centrepiece of a new attraction, Goal!, at the famous museum in London.

The exhibition will feature a mix of video, music, memorabilia and wax figures to celebrate some of football's most memorable moments.

The likeness of England coach Sven Goran Eriksson has also been sculpted.

To help guests feel the tension of the moment, Beckham's figure has been given a unique addition - a beating heart.

Bruce McKendrick, managing director of Madame Tussaud's, said the attraction would be open before Easter.

"We wanted to create an attraction that captured the drama and emotion of football and to celebrate the achievements of the England team.

Beckham scored England's vital equaliser against Greece to qualify
A nailbiting extra time equaliser took England through
"We are creating an opportunity for our guests to relive the moment, to feel the anticipation and tension as the kick is about to be taken and to remember their joy as the ball hit the back of the net."

The announcement comes in the same week that Beckham and his wife Victoria announced they were expecting their second child.

It has also been revealed that he is being lined up to promote Marks & Spencer.

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