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The beauty of sport is that it offers the dispirited a second chance and this moment was redemption writ large for Beckham. England had bowed out of the last World Cup on penalties and here was a spot-kick opportunity that could revive England's current campaign. It had to be Beckham taking it. After being sent off at the previous 1998 World Cup finals in France thanks to a little help from Diego Simeone this one kick signified redemption for the England captain and sent his celebrity persona into orbit.