David Beckham beams while watching Qatar match amid World Cup backlash

David Beckham was spotted grinning away as he watched Qatar play during Friday's match against Senegal, amid intense backlash to the World Cup host's rules and his role as one of the biggest name ambassadors in the tournament.

The nail-biting match, which saw Senegal win 3-1 against the host country's players, prompted much reaction from the former England Captain, who smiled and cheered along from the stands.

Sat next to high-up Qatar supporters, David leaned over and clasped his hands together at one point, as the star looked serious about the developments unfolding in the game.

David was also pictured sharing a joke with a man trying to video the match, as he lightly jostled him on the shoulder.

The 47 year old star, who is married to former Spice Girl and fashion designer Victoria Beckham, also 47, spoke out on the growing criticism about his role in the World Cup 2022 a week ago.

Speaking at a youth festival in Doha in the early days of the tournament, the footballer told guests: "Qatar dreamed of bringing the World Cup to a place that it had never been before, but that it wouldn't be enough just to achieve things on the pitch. The pitch would be a platform for progress.

"Dreams can come true. That is why you are here. You share Generation Amazing's twin passions for the game of football and for making the world a more tolerant and inclusive place."

While David has been increasingly criticised by LGBT+ groups for his paid ambassador role, the dad-of-four reflected on how much change a "small group of football lovers from Qatar" had managed to achieve with their dream to bring the "greatest football show on earth to their home country and to the Middle East for the first time".

"And now we are here. Because when dreams are harnessed and mixed with dedication and hard work, they are no longer dreams, they become reality," the star went on.

"I want to say to all of you, 'today is your day to dream'. Because there are no limits to what you and your teammates can achieve in our beautiful game."

It comes as the former England Captain told talkSPORT he's feeling hopeful for his own country's chances against the USA during their second match.

“The England team are in good shape," he said encouragingly. "We had a great start to the tournament and the lads are feeling good, they are looking good.

"The atmosphere is great between them all and the fans are feeling that so fans are reacting to that.

"The excitement will now be building towards this game tonight. It is a great opportunity for many of the players."

The football star went on to say that while the team has a "strong starting eleven," it's just as important for players like Jack Grealish and Phil Foden to get off the bench, marking them as the key to the next stage.


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