Man Utd legend Beckham blames Hoddle for World Cup backlash

Manchester United legend David Beckham blames his former England coach Glenn Hoddle for the furore over their 1998 World Cup exit.

He claims that an interview the then-Three Lions boss Hoddle gave at the time made the situation worse for him.

"I found this interview difficult to take," says the 38-year-old in his new autobiography that is currently being serialised in The Times.

"He didn't blame me, exactly, but he made it clear that he thought that my mistake cost England the game. He showed his anger and irritation with me. It definitely fed the frenzy."

In Manchester United's first away game of the 1998-99 campaign at West Ham, Beckham required an armed guard to escort him off the pitch and he also received bullets in the post and saw his effigy burned from lampposts that season.

 
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