Footballer on morale-boosting mission

David Beckham is in Afghanistan to visit British troops.

The footballer jetted into Camp Bastion in the war-torn Helmand province on Friday as part of a morale-boosting mission.

‘These guys are the bravest people that I’ve ever met and it really is, it truly is, an honour to be here,’ David, 35, told the BFBS British Forces News.

‘I’ve been wanting to come for years, but with my playing schedule I’ve never had the time.

‘But obviously being injured now it’s given me the chance to do things I’ve always wanted to do and never been able to. I’d love to come back.’

David has spent time posing for pictures and signing autographs during his visit.

He has also been given a lesson in weapon handling and was even ‘attacked’ by a German shepherd as part of a dog training exercise.

David – dressed in a padded suit to protect him from injury – had to taunt the mutt and let it bite his armoured back.

‘I think it’s been fantastic for the British forces that he has shown so much interest in the work we are doing,’ says Brigadier Angus Fay, deputy national contingency commander.

‘His effect on the morale has been phenomenal – the whole place is buzzing.’

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