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  Beckham's World Cup chances improve
Updated 11 April 2002, 14.04
David Beckham lies on the ground after the vicious tackle
David Beckham's chances of making the World Cup have improved slightly according to the Football Association.

The head of the FA, Adam Crozier, said Beckham may now be ready to play again in six weeks, instead of the original eight.

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Beckham broke a metatarsal bone in his left foot during Manchester United's 3-2 Champions League win over Deportivo La Coruna on Wednesday.

But the update on his condition means the England captain may now be fit to face Sweden in England's first match of the World Cup, on 2 June.

After speaking to Manchester United, Crozier added that Beckham wouldn't play again for the club this season.

'Disappointed'

David Beckham lies on the ground as Deportivo La Coruna's Pedro Duscher shrugs his shoulders
Pedro Duscher shrugs his shoulders

Beckham's dad Ted said: "He was very, very upset and he said he was in a lot of pain and that he was in plaster.

"He said he was more upset because of what games were coming up," he told GMTV.

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The vicious tackle came after 16 minutes from Argentinean Pedro Duscher.

Sir Alex Ferguson said: "The game of football is about tackles and I think the player maybe had to go for it (the ball)."

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