World Cup 2014 countdown: David Beckham scores his first England goal

Counting down the 100 greatest moments in the history of the World Cup

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The World Cup in Brazil is coming into view and everyone is hoping this summer's carnival can take its place among some of the great tournaments of the past.

That won't be easy though, as this series will testify. In the run-up to the tournament, we're counting down the 100 greatest World Cup moments.

Check out our latest instalment below, and for any you missed, see the gallery at the end of the article.

David Beckham scores his first England goal

David Beckham made his first World Cup appearance at France 98, and as always, his participation was complicated by off-field matters.

Beckham had played in all of England's qualifying matches, but was dropped by Glenn Hoddle for the first two games of the tournament. The England manager publicly accused the midfielder of not concentrating on the tournament.

Golden Balls was finally given a full run-out for the final, must-win, group stage game against Columbia - and he was to answer his critics in trademark style.

On 29 minutes, Beckham curled in a sublime free-kick, his first goal for the Three Lions, and with it made the score 2-0 and ensured England reached the last-16.