David Beckham dazzles Soccer Aid crowd at Etihad despite Phil Neville plea

David Beckham turned heads as he often does as he turned up to Soccer Aid 2021 at the Etihad Stadium but Inter Miami boss Phil Neville will be wishing he’d stayed in Florida

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Soccer Aid: David Beckham arrives at Etihad Stadium

David Beckham has taken centre stage at Soccer Aid 2021 despite not lacing up his boots.

The former Manchester United star will watch on at the Etihad Stadium as the fundraising event takes place for a fourth straight year.

Beckham, himself a UNICEF ambassador, rocked a black suit with a white shirt and red tie.

As is often the case, the England legend received a huge cheer when he popped up on the big screen at the Etihad.

His presence in England will leave Phil Neville a little nervous however.

Beckham owns MLS side Inter Miami nowadays and earlier this year employed Neville, his former United team-mate, as head coach.

David Beckham was one of the star attractions at Soccer Aid

The Florida-based side have added the likes of Gonzalo Higuain and Blaise Matuidi as they aim to make a swift impact across the Atlantic.

Neville joked that he didn’t want Beckham leaving Miami due to the positive influence he had in and around the club.

“His is presence in and around is massive,” Neville told The Miami Herald.

“We’re going to ban him from going home to England. He needs to get his green card as soon as possible.

The England legend will watch on at the Etihad Stadium

“We’re going to close all airports in Florida because the longer he’s here, we keep winning.”

Inter Miami have seen results improve in recent weeks, losing just one of their last five.

Neville has presided over wins against CF Montreal, Nashville and the Chicago Fire.

He will be nervous however knowing his owner is away ahead of the game at Cincinnati tonight.

The Inter Miami coach’s brother, Gary, is one of several former stars playing for England against the World XI.

Phil Neville has joked that he wants Becks around the Inter Miami squad

He admits the lure of playing alongside Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes was a huge reason he volunteered himself.

He said: “This is all about raising money for UNICEF, let’s be really clear!

“There is no other good bit of Gary Neville playing football. If you watched me play, it was a struggle at the age of 36 and I’m now 46! I have done it a couple of times over the last 10 years and it’s always for causes like this.

“The work UNICEF does around the world is off the scale. It was one of the great partners of Manchester United when I was there, we used to have a dinner every single year.

“It’s the 10th year of Soccer Aid and partnership with UNICEF who do incredible work, much needed work that isn’t delivered by a government, it’s delivered by this amazing charity.

“And that is a huge positive that makes it worthwhile for me to come and play. The work that has been done over the years with Soccer Aid and UNICEF is fantastic.

“I’ve always watched it but never thought I wanted to play in it. I finally got persuaded because it meant I could play in a team with Rooney and Scholes again and this hopefully means I’m on the winning team.”

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