15 years ago David Beckham made England fans shake with joy... his last-minute free-kick against Greece sent his team to the 2002 World Cup and instantly turned the captain into a global icon
You can always tell when a genuinely momentous footballing event has taken place. The stadium rocks, literally, with all the noise and sudden movement from fans, and the television cameras consequently shake as they record history.
So it was when David Beckham's 93rd-minute free-kick at Old Trafford – exactly 15 years ago on Thursday - took England to the World Cup finals in Japan and South Korea.
The video footage is extraordinary, you will rarely hear noise or see a spontaneous outpouring of joy like it. It elevated Beckham to 'Goldenballs' status and saw him follow Diana, Princess of... read more
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