Beckham optimistic about England's place in 2010

Friday, December 4, 2009

Cape Town - English football prodigy David Beckham says while he is confident England would be able to make it at least to the semi-finals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa next year, he will take every game seriously.

Speaking to reporters ahead of the 2010 Final Draw, Beckham, who was dressed in a striking grey suit with a black tie, said he could not hide his excitement following the warm welcome he received in South Africa.

He is among a list of dignitaries, including South African Oscar winning actress Charlize Theron, who have made their way up the red carpet outside the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

Broadcasting of the draw is expected to begin at 7pm.

Meanwhile, several high powered dignitaries including former President Thabo Mbeki, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and a host of senior government officials have arrived at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

President Zuma arrived earlier accompanied by FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

Outside the venue people are flying South African flags and singing soccer trade mark song shosholoza, while security is tight in light of the bomb threats made earlier in the day.