Former England captain David Beckham has expressed his disgust at his nation’s failed attempt to win the rights to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.England’s bid team – consisting of Manchester United legend Beckham, England Prime Minister David Cameron and Prince William – managed only one vote, losing the bid to Russia.
Beckham, who plays for Major League Soccer side Los Angeles Galaxy, said he felt ‘sick’ that England’s bid failed to attract more than the solitary vote.
“The situation we see now leaves a sick feeling in your mouth,” Beckham told the Daily Mirror.
“We were happy with the bid we put forward and it gives you a real sick feeling not getting it.”
“There was so much hard work that went into that bid. Nobody could have done any more.”
“When you factor in that we also had the weight of the Prime Minister and the future king of England (Prince William) behind us, it doesn’t get much bigger and better than that.”
Beckham, who has not retired from international duty despite having not appeared for England since October 2009, said he was still feeling good about playing club football with the LA Galaxy, and that he had plenty of life in his career yet.
“One, maybe two more years, I still feel good, I still feel healthy and I’m still enjoying getting up in the morning to go to training,” he said.
“Until I get up and don’t feel the same, I’ll continue. I still have to play at a certain level, but I think I can continue to do that.”
“I’m just going to have to see how my body feels at the end of this year. I had my (Achilles tendon) injury last year and I’m getting a bit older now.”
“We’ll have to wait and see but if I carry on enjoying my football, then I want to continue.”