Teddy Sheringham tried to take David Beckham’s now-iconic free kick against Greece
‘He’d already had six!’ Teddy Sheringham reveals trying to persuade David Beckham to let him take the now-iconic free kick for England against Greece in 2001, but was told’ you can’t even reach from here’ by the midfielder!
- David Beckham scored a superb 93rd minute free kick against Greece in 2001
- The strike meant that England qualified for the following year’s World Cup
- Teddy Sheringham has revealed trying to take the free kick off his then-captain
Former Manchester United and Tottenham striker Teddy Sheringham has revealed trying to take David Beckham’s now-iconic free kick against Greece in 2001.
The incident came with England 2-1 down in injury time and needing at least a draw to qualify for the 2002 World Cup.
Sheringham won a free kick 30 yards out with little time remaining, which Beckham stood over.
After the famous ‘Beckham could raise a roof here with a goal’ commentary, the then England captain curled the ball into the top left corner to send England into the finals, leading to wild celebrations from players and fans alike.
It could have all been very different, though, as Sheringham told TalkSPORT: ‘Becks had already had six free kicks that day. He’d hit row Z, the goalkeeper had saved it.
David Beckham scored the free kick against Greece that sent England to the 2002 World Cup
They were 2-1 down and needing a point to qualify when Beckham scored in the 93rd minute
‘I went over and said “Becks let me have it, he said “you can’t even reach from here go, get in the wall.”
‘I thought “yeah OK, you are a better free kick taker than me, you can have one more go”.
‘So I went and stood in the wall and watched it sail over and into the top corner.’
When asked if he would have scored the free kick, Sheringham replied ‘Probably not!’
England were eventually knocked out of the World Cup after losing 2-1 to Japan in the quarter finals, but the free kick that sent them there is still fondly remembered.
Teddy Sheringham has revealed trying to take the now-famous free kick off of his captain
It still evoked emotions for Beckham 20 years on, as he told Sportsmail on the goal’s anniversary: ‘I get goosebumps when I think about it, talk about it, watch it, it was just a special moment.
‘That moment was redemption for what had happened because up until then there was always that cloud around the sending off.
‘I felt that the real England fans and the fans that disliked me for a few years, all of a sudden were like “ok, that’s it, we can move on now”.
‘To represent my country, to captain my country, to score a goal that meant so much to our country and the fans, and to do it all at Old Trafford, for me, it couldn’t have been any more perfect.’