David Beckham has stuck his neck on the line to predict big things at this World Cup for England with a World Cup final meeting with Lionel Messi and Argentina.
Quite how Becks reached this conclusion is unclear.
England have only played one game so far, against Tunisia, and were fortunate to come away with a 2-1 win that was only secured with a stoppage-time Harry Kane header.
Argentina, meanwhile, huffed and puffed their way to an underwhelming 1-1 draw with Iceland. It could have been worse, of course – they could have lost to them!
In any case, Beckham, who was at an event to promote China’s largest collegiate football league, reckons the two teams will go all the way to the final.
“I believe Argentina will play against England in the final,” he said.
“I think obviously my choice would be England to win the competition, but that’s me being biased and passionate about my country,” he added.
Despite the fact England haven’t gone past the quarter-finals of a World Cup since 1990, Beckham is feeling optimistic.
“I’m very happy that we won the first game in the group,” he said.
“England is a very young team, they don’t have a lot of experience yet and the journey of the World Cup will become harder and harder because there are many good teams in the tournament.”
This might go some way to explaining why Beckham wasn’t snapped up as a pundit for the tournament.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.