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Last Updated: Saturday September 23 2006 10:45 GMT

Sportsround meets David Beckham

David Beckham

Press Packers Mitchell and Olivia won the chance to put their questions to the world's most famous footie player, David Beckham.

They headed to the Becks' Football Academy in Greenwich to have a spot-kick session with the soccer supremo and to put him on the spot with their questions.

Here's what he said:


Mitchell: I take all the penalties for my club - what was the hardest skill for you to learn?

Beckham: The hardest skill to learn was making sure you strike the ball properly - especially when you're taking corners and free kicks - you need to get a good strike - make sure you've got a place where you want to put it and you try your best to put it there - that's the most important thing.

Olivia: I played for a mixed team but since changing schools and turning 11, I can't now play in a boys' team. What do you think about girls and boys playing football?

Beckham: There's room for boys' and girls' football in the world - that's what I believe. That's why the academy here is for boys and girls to come down and have fun. Obviously there are different rules for girls playing in boys' teams and boys in girls' teams - who knows - in the future that might change.

Mitchell: Do you do any special things or rituals before or during a match?

Press Packers Olivia and Mitchell
Press Packers Olivia and Mitchell
Beckham: I know footballers who do so many before a match. I'm lucky - I don't do that many. The only thing I do is that I always wear a long-sleeved shirt for games. Whether it's hot... people don't understand why I do it in Spain because sometimes it's 39 degrees and I'm wearing a long-sleeved shirt and they don't understand it. But that's one thing I always do.

Olivia: Would you want to play for England again if you got the chance?

Beckham: Without a doubt. I love scoring goals for England and playing for England. That's one of the reasons I didn't retire - I love playing for my country. I was honoured to be captain and play for my country 94 times and if the opportunity comes up again - well, that's one of the reasons I didn't retire. I do want to play for England again.

Olivia: Who is the toughest keeper you've ever faced?

Beckham: Probably Peter Schmeichel - when we were in training. For me he was the best goal keeper in the world.

Mitchell: Do you think you will play for Real Madrid for the rest of your career?

Beckham: I think so. I'm happy in Spain. It's one of the biggest clubs in the world. I've enjoyed my time with Real Madrid - I want to win a trophy with Real Madrid - so yeah, I think I will stay there.

Olivia: thank you!

Beckham: A pleasure - good questions, tough questions!



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