David Beckham looked good as he was joined by Dave Gardner in England’s game against Iran at the Qatar World Cup on Monday.
The former footballer, 47, looked suave in a navy suit and white shirt as he prepared to watch the match alongside his sports agent friend, 46, at the Khalifa International Stadium, Doha ,
Earlier today he took to Instagram to share some heartwarming snaps of his morning spent with the England fans ahead of the opening game.
This follows controversy surrounding his £10m promotional deal with tournament organisers.
Onlookers: David Beckham (right) was joined by best friend Dave Gardner (left) in England’s game against Iran on Monday after meeting fans – amid controversy over his £10million deal for the World Cup in Qatar
He wrote: “A special morning spent with @england fans to relive great memories ahead of the big game.
“I’m so excited for Gareth and the team… good luck guys, the whole country is behind you.”
England wonderkids Jude Bellingham and Bukayo Saka and tournament veteran Raheem Sterling helped the Three Lions take a 4-0 lead over Iran in a superb first half in their opener of the World Cup this afternoon.
The Birmingham-born Borussia Dortmund wonderkid, 19, sent thousands of fans into the stadium – and millions home – as he rose to wave home after a cross from Manchester’s Luke Shaw United. He made history by becoming the second teenager in history to score in a World Cup for England, after Michael Owen in 1998.
Busy day: Earlier he took to Instagram to share some heartwarming snaps of his morning spent with the England fans ahead of the opener
And minutes later, 21-year-old Saka smashed a left-footed kick over the crossbar. And then Sterling, 27, exploded in a volley following a cross from captain Harry Kane, effectively winning the game before half-time. Saka then grabbed a fourth with an hour on the clock.
The Three Lions were also denied a clear penalty just three minutes into the game, with Harry Maguire clearly drawn into the box. Maguire then headed for the crossbar.
Thousands of Three Lions supporters line up at Doha’s Khalifa Stadium, including WAGs of the players and David Beckham, while millions watch at home, at work or in pubs with high streets across the United Kingdom. Uni deserted as people settle in for the 1pm game.
Having fun: he wrote: ‘A special morning spent with @england fans reliving fond memories ahead of the big game’
England took the knee as they started their maiden World Cup campaign against Iran in one of the most politically charged matches in English football history after a row over the wearing of an armband rainbow captaincy for Harry Kane, who was dropped after pressure from FIFA.
Kane looked serious as he led the team down the field. The England captain didn’t wear the ‘OneLove’ rainbow armband after the threat of a yellow card proved too risky for the FA. Alan Shearer said today Kane was put in an impossible position ahead of one of the biggest games of his career but added he would likely have worn the armband himself.
Kane wore the official FIFA ‘No Discrimination’ armband, having removed his England jacket after the national anthems. Loud whistles greeted the Iranian anthem, with the entire Iranian team choosing not to sing.
Chat: Dave (centre-left) and David (centre-right) chatted with fellow attendees and staff
Keep busy: the stand was then filled with spectators
Kind: David greeted a fan as he walked to the stadium with Dave
The whole England team then took the knee and Harry Kane appeared to raise his fist – but the Iranians did not participate.
Before the goals rained down, England fans were furious that they failed to award the Three Lions a penalty just three minutes into their World Cup opener.
England had an opening corner which was taken by Kieran Trippier and Harry Maguire appeared to be driven in by Iranian defender Roozbeh Cheshmi.
Shortly after, the match was stopped for 10 minutes after a head injury to the Iranian goalkeeper, who was substituted. Maguire then hit the crossbar with a header as England dominated.
Bellingham would do better soon after, with the Borussia Dortmund midfielder curling a header from Luke Shaw’s cross to break the deadlock 10 minutes before the break.
Saka would double the lead before the break, beating home a fine volley from a Maguire header to banish his missed penalty from last summer.
With the fourth official signaling 14 minutes of added time, England grabbed their third through Raheem Sterling, who finished off Kane’s cross after a fine surge from the Southgate side.
This follows controversy surrounding David’s £10million promotional deal with tournament organisers.
The former England captain was pictured in the stands watching during the tournament’s opening ceremony at Al Bayt Stadium on Sunday.
Becks is believed to have stayed in the stands to watch the game between hosts Qatar and Ecuador which officially kicks off the tournament.
Beckham’s attendance comes as comedian Joe Lycett went live on the air ‘shredding £10,000’ earmarked for charity after the footballer failed to walk away from his lucrative World Cup promotional deal.
Comedian Joe, 34, has been open about being queer and advocating for LGBTQ+ rights.
The comic issued an ultimatum to Beckham after it was reported he had signed a £10m deal with the FIFA World Cup hosts despite the country’s highly questionable rights record of man.
Homosexuality remains illegal in the Gulf state and anyone caught engaging in same-sex sexual activity can face up to seven years in prison.
David left the stadium in an unusual way after the opening game.
The former England captain, who is known to love the camera, avoided photographers as he drove off in a limo with darkened windows.
He had watched his Qatar payers lose to Ecuador from a hospitality box, and had also entered the stadium through a VIP entrance, barely noticed, and keeping a low profile.
Although other personalities were shown on the big screens in the stadium, Beckham was not filmed.
He had traveled to Doha as a guest of the World Cup and was signed to help spread the state’s messages on the World Cup.