In an interview with USA Today, David Beckham sounded off on the USA and England’s chances of success at the 2014 World Cup. The former Manchester United midfielder, who made 115 appearances for England between 1996 and 2009, has lived in America since signing for MLS club the L.A. Galaxy in 2007. His home and adopted nations have been drawn in two of the toughest groups at the World Cup, yet despite this, Beckham remains cautiously optimistic about their prospects.
"The U.S. has gone into this World Cup on such a positive note,” he said. “I think [USA coach] Jurgen [Klinsmann] has a professionalism that top managers have, and I think he’s a manager that knows what’s best for the team, what’s best for the players, and how to bring the players together. But you know, it’s not hard to bring U.S. players together, because I think it’s in their blood,” the 39-year-old continued. “U.S. players are so proud of representing their country that when they go to a big tournament, they stick together like not many countries do. Going into something like this, I think that’s something they’ll need.”
The USA faces European powerhouses Germany and Portugal in Group G, along with Ghana, which has eliminated the U.S. from the last two World Cups. England, meanwhile, faces four-time World Cup champion Italy, two-time World Cup champion Uruguay, and upstart Costa Rica in Group D.
“With England, we’ve got a young team going into this, it’s fresh, it’s talented,” Beckham said. “A lot depends on that first game [against Italy on June 14]. We have a chance. I mean, we’ve got a chance to get out of the group. And we’ll see what happens after that.”