The Manchester United icon scored 127 goals in his career and few were as important as that free-kick for the Three Lions in 2001.
England were 2-1 down in the 90th minute of their World Cup qualifier and knew that result would force them into the playoffs.
Beckham stepped up and bent home a lovely effort to seal automatic qualification and it solidified his status as a legend.
Makes sense as to why he said it was a personal highlight. He told Gary Neville on The Overlap, without hesitation: "Greece. The goal against Greece at Old Trafford."
Former teammate Neville looked stunned at the answer and asked while raising his arms: "Not the halfway line one, no?"
Beckham's expression dropped and he said: "Actually I forgot about that one! Yeah, that one. We'll say the halfway line one."
Back in 1996, a young Beckham had solidified himself as United's first choice on the right.
The departure of Andrei Kanchelskis a year prior gave the academy graduate a chance to make that spot his own.
He was handed the number 10 shirt and on the first day of the 96/97 season, producing something truly special.
Beckham saw Wimbledon goalkeeper Neil Sullivan off his line while at the halfway line and decided to have a crack.
The ball floated over Sullivan and into the net, which saw Beckham raise his arms in a pose which has become iconic.
He'd end up winning six Premier League titles, two FA Cups and the Champions League before departing for Real Madrid in 2003 after a falling out with Sir Alex Ferguson.
Beckham picked it as his favourite goal, but still spoke fondly about the strike against Greece.
"It changed my life," he declared. "The ball seemed to be in the air for hours and it all went quiet. Then the ball went in and it just erupted. I was on cloud nine."
Three years prior, Beckham had been sent off against Argentina at the World Cup after kicking out at Diego Simeone.
Many fans soured on him after that and it took a long time to win their trust again. He ended up doing that and captained England until 2009, ending his international career with 115 caps.
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