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Beckham's Knee Injury May Prevent Play in Euro 2008 Football Qualifying Matches


English football superstar David Beckham is in serious doubt to play for his national team in next month's Euro 2008 qualifying matches against Israel and Russia after injuring his knee.

Beckham hurt his right knee Wednesday night playing for the Los Angeles Galaxy Major League Soccer team against Pachuca of Mexico in the Super Liga final. Pachuca won 4-3 on penalty kicks in extra time to take the North American championship, and a one-million dollar prize.

Beckham is scheduled to undergo tests on Friday that will likely determine if he plays for England when it takes on Israel September eighth, and Russia four days later. The former England captain says a ligament strain could keep him off the field four to six weeks.

Beckham's latest injury is in addition to a nagging ankle problem he has struggled to overcome in recent months.

The 32-year-old midfielder left Real Madrid when the Spanish league season ended to join the L.A. Galaxy in the North American MLS. After the second-placed Super Liga medal was placed around Beckham's neck, he immediately took it off and said, quote, "I hate losing."

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