David Beckham: 20-year anniversary of iconic free-kick that sent England to 2002 World Cup

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This was Beckham's greatest England moment.

A moment that will be remembered by an icon player.

It is 6 October 2001 at Old Trafford

England trail Greece 2-1 and face a difficult play-off against Ukraine in order to reach the 2002 World Cup finals.

Captain and Manchester United favorite David Beckham steps up to kick off in the 93rd minute. He curls home a spectacular 25-yard free-kick to send England to the finals of South Korea and Japan.

David Beckham has succeeded in climbing over the wall and into it. Beckham had to have done it! "It had to be Beckham!" cried Alan Green, BBC Radio 5 Live commentator. You can hear the clip again here.

Beckham, 46, was a former United, Real Madrid and AC Milan midfielder.

"To represent my nation, to captain my nation, to score for the fans and to do all of this at Old Trafford Beckham wrote.

Beckham was not only competing for World Cup qualification, but he was also aiming to redeem himself and cement his legendary status in his home country.

Beckham had been sent off against Argentina three years before for kick now Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone. England was eliminated from the 1998 World Cup in France at 16 stage.

He would later add, "That was when England supporters forgave" him for the things he had done years earlier.

"That was for me, it was redemption for what had occurred, because there was always that cloud surrounding the sending-off."

Beckham played in three World Cups as well as two European Championships between 1996 and 2009. He won 115 caps for England from 1996 to 2009.

Of all the 17 goals he scored, the one on 6 Oct 2001 is perhaps the most fondly remembered.

The BBC Sport website reported on the game in 2001

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