David Beckham 'couldn't leave the house' after England red card, opens up on trauma in rare interview
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David Beckham has opened up on his red card at the 1998 World Cup against Argentina and how the moment continues to haunt him.
There were many moments of greatness in Beckham's career, whether it was for Manchester United, Real Madrid or England in particular.
Easily the most famous was his free kick that secured the country's place at the 2002 World Cup, scoring a last minute free kick at Old Trafford against Greece.
It would lead to another great moment for the former Three Lions captain as he would score the winning goal in the group game against Argentina at the tournament.
That winner was particularly special because it came four years after the darkest moment in Beckham's career, against the same opponents.
England would go on to lose the game on penalties and Beckham was castigated by the media and fans for months after the game.
Now he's revealed that it still haunts him and he thinks about it: "I still think about it, most weeks," Beckham told an audience at St John's Wood United Synagogue, via the Athletic.
"Without doubt, it still affects me."
Explaining what happened during that period the 48-year-old added: "'It was tough, but it was tougher for my family than me,' said the 48-year-old.
"I'm trying not to get emotional, but that was what worried me more than anything else.
"I remember my granddad calling me and saying, 'David, I've got people knocking on the door saying you've let the whole country down and let your whole family down, what shall I say?'
"I couldn't drive around London. I couldn't walk around London. I couldn't go to restaurants. I couldn't go to bars. Even my friends didn't want to go out with me.
"They knew I would get abused. If I stopped at traffic lights, people would hit, or spit at, my car.
"Those kinds of things were happening to me, daily, for quite a few years."