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Friday, 21 June, 2002, 11:45 GMT 12:45 UK
Seaman says sorry
Beckham comforts Seaman after the game
Beckham comforts Seaman after the game
BBC Sport Online's Phil McNulty

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David Seaman broke down in tears as he apologised to the nation after his mistake against Brazil sent England crashing out of the World Cup.

England's veteran goalkeeper misjudged a long-range Ronaldinho free-kick that turned out to be Brazil's winner in their 2-1 quarter-final triumph in Shizuoka.

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A clearly devastated Seaman was overcome with emotion as he met the media after the game, speaking only briefly before being led away sympathetically by an FA official.

He said: "I just want to say sorry to all the fans. I feel as if I have let people down.

"I thought he mis-kicked the free-kick and I misjudged it."

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If anyone makes a scapegoat out of David Seaman after that it will be an absolute disgrace
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David Beckham
England captain

Seaman added: "The lads have been fantastic. They have supported me, telling me I had kept us in the tournament."

England skipper David Beckham backed his keeper as he said: "If anyone makes a scapegoat out of David Seaman after that it will be an absolute disgrace.

"He's been the best goalkeeper in the tournament. It was a freak goal that was a cross that ended up in the net."

And striker Teddy Sheringham, who came on as a second-half substitute for England, said: "Seaman is still the world's best.

"Goals like that happen sometimes. If you saw him in training and watched him in the World Cup you would see why I still think he is the number one."

England's Kieron Dyer also said: "David Seaman has been a mountain for England for the last 10 years.

"No-one is blaming him for anything. He has been a magnificent servant for his country and his saves have been keeping us in games for years."


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