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Mom-in-law at play to bail out Beckham

London, June 28: The mother of pop singer Victoria Beckham has made an extraordinary call to a chat show on a radio station to claim that her daughter’s marriage to England football captain David Beckham could not be happier.

As Beckham has slumped “from hero to zero” in public estimation after his lacklustre performance in Euro 2004, his mother-in-law waded in to lend him a helping hand.

Since England’s ouster from the competition following defeat by Portugal, many commentators have questioned if Beckham is inspiring enough to remain captain or whether, at 29, he deserves a place in the side.

The Times newspaper summed up popular disenchantment with Beckham by giving him four out of 10. In a nation which was awash with the red and white cross of St George, England’s defeat, which is being blamed partly on Beckham, has badly deflated national morale.

In a telephone call yesterday to LBC, a London radio station, Jackie Adams, 56, was on air for a 13-minute rant, during which she painted a portrait of an idyllic marriage between her daughter and Beckham. She rejected rumours that she and her son-in-law were no longer on speaking terms.

“Victoria and David (in picture above) are as happy as can be. There is absolutely nothing wrong with their relationship. They will go on to celebrate their 50th anniversary, just you wait and see,” she said.

She made no reference to Rebecca Loos, the woman who published a kiss-and-tell account of her alleged affair with Beckham. Few now believe Beckham was not involved, but his mother-in-law is firmly on his side — at least in public.

The problem for Beckham is that the value of his brand name is linked to his sporting achievement. This partly explains why he is not willing to give up the England captaincy without a fight.

Offering what looked like an excuse for his missed penalty in the shootout with Portugal, Beckham made it clear he would not give up the captaincy. “I’ve got to be strong because I am a father who has got to look after two young boys and my wife. When I’m down they picked me up and when they’re down I pick them up.”

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