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Beckham 'backs' McConnell stance
David Beckham
David Beckham hinted he would not support Scotland
England captain David Beckham has said he "understands" why Scotland's first minister is not backing his team at the World Cup in Germany.

Jack McConnell said last month that he would rather cheer on underdogs like Trinidad and Tobago.

In a newspaper interview, Beckham said: "In a way I understand. He's very patriotic. I'm also very patriotic."

The midfielder also hinted that he would not support Scotland if the roles were reversed.

He told the Sunday Mail: "Like I say I'm very patriotic. I think we should leave it at that - I'd better not say anything else on the subject."

It seems that David Beckham is of the same opinion as me and I wish him well in Germany
Jack McConnell
First Minister

The first minister welcomed the comments, saying: "I have said all along the World Cup is about football and has nothing to do with politics.

"It seems that David Beckham is of the same opinion as me and I wish him well in Germany."

Mr McConnell sparked a debate when he said he would be rooting for the underdogs during the tournament in Germany, as well as the teams showing "a bit of flair".

He also said he would be supporting teams with Scottish-based players, like Trinidad and Tobago - who are in England's group for the opening phase of the competition.

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