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Cruise 'positives' up Beckham

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2006, 17:12 [IST]

London (UNI): Devastated after being dropped from the England team following the World Cup disaster, David Beckham found an unlikely counseller in Tom Cruise and the Real Madrid player says the Hollywood star's pep talk helped him get over the disappointment. Beckham, who was dropped after England's World Cup campaign ended in a penalty shoot-out debacle in the quarter-finals against Portugal, said the Mission Impossible star's positive attitude bowled him over.

''When I got to America, I phoned Tom. He's a great guy to be able to speak to because he is a very positive-minded person. It is good to have people like him around you at that point,'' Beckham told the 'Daily Mirror'. ''Tom talked about everything I had done in the World Cup, about the goal I scored and the goals I set up. He said I was a great player' that I played for Real Madrid. It does you good just to hear somebody saying that sometimes,'' he added.

In fact, the star mid-fielder, who has admitted that he may never play for England again, now sees his future in America and wants to shift there after he retires from the game. ''America does interest me, of course. I want to play at the highest level for as long as I can but there probably will come a point where I do think about America,'' he said. ''I like America as a country and to live there for a few years

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