Family affair - Beckham clan out in force to watch David bring up 100th England cap (just don't mention the yellow card)


Last updated at 13:59 27 March 2008

It was a family affair for David Beckham last night as he took to the field to earn his 100th cap for England.

The Beckham clan filled abn executive box in the Paris stands to watch the father-of-three achieve his milestone – only the fifth player to do so.

Wife Victoria looked proudly as she held on their sons Romeo, five, and three-year-old Cruz, during the friendly against France.

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Family affair: Team Beckham came together to watch the match in a private box

Beckham's parents Ted, 59, and Sandra, 58, clapped and cheered as the ex-England skipper ran on to the pitch.

His sister Joanne, 26, also joined parents-in-law Tony and Jackie in the family's private box for the match, which England lost 1-0.

Victoria, 33, was dressed to impress, wearing a stunning black and charcoal fitted dress and Christian Louboutin heels.

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Footballer's wife: Victoria watches the match with Brooklyn and Romeo

Milestone: David Beckham waves to his family as fans chant his name

She laughed and joked with her eldest son Brooklyn, nine, as Becks took to the field wearing his traditional No.7 shirt and specially made golden boots.

The former England captain had looked nervous beforehand, but that disappeared as soon as the match and he had the ball at his feet.

Beckham started spraying a few of his trademark raking passes around the field - then secured a trademark yellow card for a foul on Franck Ribery. The fact Ribery has just slotted France's penalty was probably not totally unrelated.

Afterwards, the footballer told of his joy at having his family together to watch the match.

He said: "My parents are here, my granny is watching back home, my sister, my sons and my wife are also here.

"I'm very proud. Reaching 100 caps doesn't happen every day but, like I said before the game, I am hoping it is not 100 and out. I want to carry on playing for my country.

"Having my family and all the fans there was incredible and to get the reception I did from both sets of fans when I came off was amazing.

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Goldenboots: David Beckham is only the fifth player to earn 100 caps for England

"I'm very proud of that because, if there was another place apart from Wembley where I would like to get to 100 caps then it would've been here in Paris.

"It is where (Zinedine) Zidane played and I have also got a house in France and love the country."

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Enlarge   Support: Fans waved banners and cheer as Beckham ran on to the pitch

Support: Fans waved banners and cheer as Beckham ran on to the pitch in Paris


Proud: The father-of-three said it was an honour to earn his 100 caps for England

Beckham added: "I enjoyed the hour I played and the most important thing for me tonight was proving my fitness.

"I felt I did that. I felt very fresh and a lot better than I thought I would. As much as you work hard in pre-season, nothing is better than playing games.

"I've played under Fabio Capello before [at Real Madrid] and he knows what I am like as a player.

"From that point of view I don't have to prove anything - but proving my fitness was the biggest thing."

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Celebrating: David and Victoria Beckham head for a night out after the historic match

There was another first for Beckham - he received a unique golden cap to mark his 100th England appearance.

He said: "To go over the 100 mark is a proud moment.

"To be up there with Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton, Billy Wright and Peter Shilton, I'm honoured to be in that company."

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