World Cup: 'If David Beckham missed free-kick v Greece, England would have won in 2002'

England could have won the World Cup if Beckham missed

Picture the scene: We're back in October 2001. It's the 93rd minute of England's final World Cup qualifier against Greece. 

The Three Lions are 2-1 down at Old Trafford. They need a point to secure qualification to the biggest tournament in football. 

David Beckham steps up with a free-kick at the death AND HE... misses?! 

Now, we all know that's not how it happened, sure.

Golden Balls scored a stunner to send England to the World Cup. He sent the country into hysteria that day, but it all fell apart in Japan. 

The Three Lions were knocked out of the tournament by eventual winners Brazil at the quarter-final stage. 

But it all could have been so different. 

England could have won the World Cup in 2002

In fact, one football fan believes England could have won the World Cup that year... if only Beckham had missed that famous free-kick against Greece.  

That's quite a theory, isn't it? But in GIVEMESPORT's latest 'unpopular opinion' video, Tom explains exactly why it could have happened.

Check out his reasoning below: 

When you think about it... this isn't such a crackpot theory after all. 

If England did lose to Greece, they would have comfortably qualified for the World Cups finals against Ukraine, as Tom mentions.

From then on, the path to the final is arguably easier. Two wins and a draw in the group stage certainly isn't out of the question. 

England's World Cup would have been easier

The Three Lions could easily have cruised past Paraguay in the last 16, beaten the USA in the quarters and squeezed past tournament hosts South Korea in the semis. 

In the final, they'd meet Brazil and it's here that Beckham produces his moment of magic in the 90th-minute. 

Rather than whipping in that free-kick against Greece, he bangs one top bins against Brazil in the World Cup final and England win the World Cup. 

What could have been for England

In another life, right? 

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