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  Beckham booted into touch in the US
Updated 28 February 2003, 16.46
Bend It Like Beckham was a big hit in the UK
England captain David Beckham has been given the boot by US cinema bosses - because he's not famous enough.

The hit film that uses his name, Bend It Like Beckham, is being released in America and the people behind it want to make sure it's a big hit.

But hardly anyone's heard of Becks in the US, and over there women's football is much more popular than men's.

Mia Hamm is a huge star in the US
Mia Hamm is a huge star in the US
The film's title will stay the same, but top US women's player Mia Hamm is being used to help publicise the film, even getting a quick spot in a new-look trailer.

The trailer also uses the word soccer in a few places instead of football because of the possible confusion with American Football.

It's hoped that because women's football is so big in the US, audiences will lap up the female footie focussed film.

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