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Beckham sickened by summer riots

This summer's riots in England made soccer superstar David Beckham feel "physically sick", he has said.

He told the Wall Street Journal that what happened was "disgusting".

The LA Galaxy star, 36, who grew up in east London, said: "The problem is, there is a minority of youth today in England who are not scared of authority. If they steal something, they are not worried about the consequences.

"When I was a kid growing up I respected elders, I respected the law. If I was on a bus and an elderly lady got on, I would stand up and let her sit down. That doesn't happen these days.

"We've got the Olympics next year and these pictures are being seen all around the world. It makes me feel physically sick."

Beckham admitted having a few grey hairs and being troubled by injuries

"I definitely feel different than I did 10 years ago," he said. "It takes a while for the Achilles to warm up."

But he stressed his desire to play for Britain in the Olympics next year. "I don't just want to be a coach or manager," he said. "I want to play."

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