Beckham in surprise visit to Afghanistan

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David Beckham spoke of his "admiration" for British troops in Afghanistan as he flew out on a surprise visit to the country today.

The footballer is on his way from RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, to Helmand Province where about 9,000 British 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. I feel very humble."

The 35-year-old former England captain, who made his name at Manchester United before going on to play for Real Madrid, the Los Angeles Galaxy and AC Milan, will take part in a question and answer session with troops.

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