FIFA vice-president Jack Warner admits it was crucial LA Galaxy star David Beckham played for England in last night's friendly victory over Trinidad & Tobago.

Beckham's global status, even in semi-retirement with Los Angeles Galaxy, was summed up when Trinidad and Tobago's special adviser Warner said 'they would have killed me in this country' if England had come without the midfielder. But the FA insist Beckham's appearance was not part of any commercial deal for last night's match.