Kabul: English footballer David Beckham paid
tribute to British soldiers serving in Afghanistan as the
"bravest people" during a visit to troops deployed in one of
the country`s most dangerous areas.
"These guys are the bravest people that I`ve ever met and
it really is, it truly is, an honour to be here," the
35-year-old former England skipper said yesterday in an
interview released by the British military.
"It`s scary, it really is scary, you feel it," said
Beckham, who arrived at Camp Bastion in the southern Afghan
province of Helmand late Friday.
"Just yesterday one of the troops was killed, and you
feel it and you see the flags at half-mast and you feel the
tension there," he added.
"I`ve represented my country many times on the field, but
what these guys do representing our country is really
amazing," said Beckham, who lost his chance to join England at
the World Cup next month due to an Achilles tendon injury.
Britain has around 10,000 troops in Afghanistan as part
of an international force, largely fighting the Taliban in
The country has lost 286 personnel since operations began