Becks To Visit Brit Troops In Afghanistan

Becks To Visit Brit Troops In Afghanistan
# 21 May 2010 23:46 (UTC +04:00)
Baku – APA. Footballer David Beckham has spoken of his admiration for British troops serving in Afghanistan, APA reports quoting “Sky News”.
He lavished praise on them as he flew out on a surprise visit to the country from RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.
The former England captain is on his way to Helmand Province where about 9,000 UK troops are stationed.
He said: "I have nothing but admiration for these young men and women and it makes me very proud to be British.
"I’ve wanted to visit Afghanistan for a long time and I hope that in some small way it helps remind everyone at home what an amazing job they are doing out here in very difficult conditions."
He added: "I feel very humble."
The 35 year old, who plays for Los Angeles Galaxy in the US, will take part in a question and answer session with service personnel.
But for an injury he would now be with the England team training for next month’s World Cup in South Africa.
His hopes of making the tournament were dashed when he snapped his Achilles tendon two months ago while on loan at AC Milan.
However, there are reports he may yet win a place in the England party - as a coach.
Beckham’s visit to Afghanistan comes after it was announced around 8,000 UK troops stationed there are to placed under US command.