David Beckham cut a fine figure alongside Dave Gardner in England’s match against Iran during the World Cup in Qatar on Monday.
The former footballer, 47, looked suave in a navy suit and white shirt as he prepared to watch the game alongside his sports agent pal, 46, at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha.
Earlier in the day he took to Instagram to share some heartwarming snaps of his morning with England fans ahead of the opening game.
Controversy follows over his reported £10million endorsement deal with the tournament organizers.
Spectators: David Beckham (right) was joined by best pal Dave Gardner (left) for Monday’s England v Iran game after meeting with fans – amid controversy over his £10m deal for the World Cup in Qatar
He wrote: “A special morning spent with the @england fans reliving some great memories ahead of the big game.
“I’m so happy for Gareth and the team…good luck guys, the whole country is behind you.”
England prodigies Jude Bellingham and Bukayo Saka and tournament veteran Raheem Sterling helped the Three Lions to a 4-0 lead over Iran in a stunning first half in their opening game of the World Cup this afternoon.
The Birmingham-born Borussia Dortmund prodigy, 19, sent thousands of fans into the stadium – and millions at home – when he rose to nod home after a cross from Manchester United’s Luke Shaw. He made history by becoming the second teenager in history, after Michael Owen in 1998, to score for England at a World Cup.
Busy day: He previously took to Instagram to share some heartwarming snaps of his morning with England fans ahead of the opening game
And minutes later, 21-year-old Saka hit home a left-footed shot off the crossbar. And then 27-year-old Sterling volleyed in a cross from captain Harry Kane, effectively winning the game before half-time. Saka then grabbed a fourth with an hour on the clock.
The Three Lions were also denied a clear penalty just three minutes into play when Harry Maguire was clearly dragged into the box. Maguire then headed against the bar.
Thousands of Three Lions supporters are at Doha’s Khalifa Stadium, including the players’ WAGs and David Beckham’s, while millions watch at home, at work or in deserted high street pubs across the UK as people watch for the game settle down at 1 p.m.
Having fun: He wrote: “A special morning spent with the @england fans reliving some great memories ahead of the big game.”
England took a knee at the start of their first World Cup season against Iran in one of the most politically charged games in English football history after a row over Harry Kane’s wearing a rainbow captain’s armband, which was dropped after pressure from FIFA.
Kane looked serious as he led the team onto the field. The England captain did not wear the ‘OneLove’ rainbow armband after the threat of a yellow card proved too risky for the FA. Alan Shearer said today Kane was placed in an impossible position ahead of one of the biggest games of his career, but added he would likely have worn the armband himself.
Kane wore the official FIFA No Discrimination armband after removing his England jacket after the national anthems. Loud whistling greeted the Iranian anthem, with the entire Iranian team choosing not to sing.
Chatting: Dave (center left) and David (center right) chatted with other attendees and staff
Lots going on: The stand later filled up with spectators
Friendly: David greeted a fan as he walked into the stadium with Dave
The entire England team then got on their knees and Harry Kane seemed to raise his fist – but the Iranians didn’t cooperate.
Before the goals rained in, England fans were furious at not awarding the Three Lions a penalty just three minutes into their World Cup opener.
England had an early corner executed by Kieran Trippier and Harry Maguire appeared to be dragged to the ground by Iranian defender Roozbeh Cheshmi.
Shortly after, the game was stopped for 10 minutes after the Iranian goalkeeper suffered a head injury and he was substituted. Maguire then hit the bar with a header as England dominated.
Uh-oh: Controversy ensues over his reported £10m endorsement deal with tournament organizers
Bellingham upped the ante shortly thereafter, the Borussia Dortmund midfielder flicking a header home from Luke Shaw’s cross to break the deadlock 10 minutes before the break.
Saka would double the lead before the break, volleying home a nice volley from a Maguire header to banish his missed penalty from last summer.
After the fourth official signaled 14 minutes of stoppage time, England clinched their third through Raheem Sterling, who completed Kane’s cross after some great preparation from Southgate’s side.
Controversy follows over David’s reported £10million endorsement deal with the tournament organizers.
The former England captain was seen in the stands at the tournament’s opening ceremony at Al Bayt Stadium on Sunday.
Stunt: Comedian Joe live streamed him crushing £10,000 after David failed to call his £10million deal for the World Cup
Becks is believed to have stayed in the stands to watch the match between hosts Qatar and Ecuador that officially opens the tournament.
Beckham’s participation comes as comedian Joe Lycett live-streamed how he “shredded” £10,000 for charity after the footballer failed to pull out of his lucrative World Cup endorsement deal.
Comedian Joe, 34, has been open about being queer and speaking out for LGBTQ+ rights.
The comedian gave Beckham an ultimatum after reports he had signed a £10m deal with the FIFA World Cup hosts despite the country’s highly questionable human rights record.
Homosexuality remains illegal in the Gulf state, and anyone engaging in same-sex sexual activity can be sentenced to up to seven years in prison.
Uncharacteristically, David slipped out of the stadium after the opening game.
The former England captain, who is known to love the camera, avoided photographers as he departed in a limousine with blacked-out windows.
He had watched his paymaster Qatar lose to Ecuador from a hospitality box and had also entered the stadium unnoticed and unobtrusively through a VIP entrance.
Although other VIPs were shown on the big stadium screens, Beckham was not filmed.
He had flown to Doha as a guest of the World Cup and signed on to help publicize the state’s World Cup embassies.
Controversial: The comic gave former England footballer David Beckham (pictured November 2021) an ultimatum after it was reported he had signed a £10million deal with the FIFA World Cup hosts
Source: | Dailymail.co.uk
https://www.soundhealthandlastingwealth.com/celebrity/david-beckham-joined-by-pal-dave-gardner-at-england-v-iran-match-during-qatar-world-cup/ David Beckham joined his pal Dave Gardner for the match between England and Iran during the World Cup in Qatar