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David Beckham was one of the most hated men in England after his red card against Argentina at the 1998 World Cup.

Early in the second-half of the clash in Saint-Etienne, Beckham was given his marching orders for kicking out at former Argentina midfielder Diego Simeone.

Beckham tripped Simeone up after being felled by the Argentine

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Beckham tripped Simeone up after being felled by the Argentine

Beckham was sent off while Simeone was given a yellow card

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Beckham was sent off while Simeone was given a yellow card

England went on to lose the last-16 tie and their World Cup campaign was brought to a heart-breaking end.

The former Manchester United winger bore the brunt of the nation’s criticism for England’s defeat, with effigies of him even being made in some parts of the country.

However, Beckham’s teammates didn’t see him as the reason for England’s World Cup exit, according to David Seaman, who also played in that match.

The former goalkeeper joined Sports Breakfast this morning to reveal what the mood in the England camp was like after that defeat.

Seaman and his England teammates felt Beckham’s red card was harsh

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Seaman and his England teammates felt Beckham’s red card was harsh

When asked by Ray Parlour if Beckham felt he’d let down the country, Seaman said: “Yeah, a little bit.

“But for me it was a really severe red card so I think the atmosphere was one of disappointment because we were out of the World Cup.

“But then you’ve got Michael [Owen] who had an unbelievable game and there wasn’t a massive amount of focus on Becks because we just felt it wasn’t a right decision.

“It was a yellow card all day long, it wasn’t a red card. We felt it had been unjust.”

The match went to penalties with the teams drawing 2-2 after extra-time.

Seaman had had success in penalty shootouts with England but not this time

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Seaman had had success in penalty shootouts with England but not this time

Seaman managed to save a spot-kick from Hernan Crespo but misses from Paul Ince and David Batty saw England lose 4-3 in the shootout.

And Seaman also revealed his method, albeit a surprisingly basic one, when facing penalties.

He added: “What I used to do was just take it on the run-up. Coming off the back of Euro 96 where I saved a few penalties, I always did it on the run-up.

“I rarely looked at videos because good penalty takers change their sides so as soon as their heads went down, I would go one way. It was a calculated guess I called it!”

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