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Last Updated: Monday, 24 November, 2003, 21:36 GMT
Beckham warning to Wilkinson
Jonny Wilkinson (left) with David Beckham
England football captain David Beckham has warned rugby hero Jonny Wilkinson to expect a "crazy" life from now on.

Beckham and Wilkinson, who kicked the drop goal that won England the World Cup, have become friends since shooting an advert together.

And publicity-savvy Beckham has been handing out advice on how to handle intense media attention.

"Jonny is a great talent and it's going to be crazy for him - we talked about that," said the Real Madrid midfielder.

"I think Johnny has inspired everyone around the country," said Beckham.

"It's great - if someone works at his game and practices hard, he deserves all that he gets.

The best thing was Jonny's face when that kick went over
David Beckham

"He's on cloud nine and it hasn't sunk in yet. He hasn't seen much of what has been going on in England and will be surprised by the welcome."

Beckham is all too aware of the burden of expectation which comes with performing at the highest level.

But he is confident that 24-year-old Wilkinson can stand up to the pressure.

"It can get too much and that's where his family and those around him come in. He's got a lot of strength there and he's a very down to earth person.

"It's nice to have a friend in a similar position and it's going to be amazing for him.

"The best thing was Jonny's face when that kick went over."



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