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Football: Becks: My life is so lucky.

Byline: By JOHN CROSS

DAVID BECKHAM last night claimed he is the "luckiest" man in the world - and believes England can rule in Germany next summer.

The England captain is convinced the win over Argentina has signalled that his side are capable of winning the World Cup after a turbulent qualifying campaign.

And despite the adulation heaped on Beckham, he insists he never loses sight of the fact that he is fortunate to be a millionaire whose wealth is down to the game he loves.

Beckham, in an interview with soccernet.com, said: "I'm one of the luckiest people in the world, to be doing what I'm doing and to have what I have.

"Now I'm hoping we can finish at the top. This England team is one of the best in the world. We have to do well in a competition like this and do it on a big stage."

Beckham also admitted that he has been stung by some of the criticism aimed at England after their defeat in Northern Ireland - and in particular when it was targeted at manager Sven Goran Eriksson.

Beckham added: "On the day, Northern Ireland were better than us. Mr Eriksson is not as emotional as many managers but he does it in his own way.

"People would like to see him more emotional in games but that's the way he is. The players like it, and so far it has worked."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 17, 2005
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