January 23, 2013

David Beckham's eldest son Brooklyn has trial at Chelsea while father watches

Family business: David Beckham with his boys Brooklyn, Cruz and Romeo
David Beckham's 13-year-old son Brooklyn tried out for Chelsea at their Cobham training ground yesterday.

Former England captain Beckham is currently without a club after leaving Los Angeles Galaxy at the end of the Major League Soccer season and was pictured on Twitter at the Blues' Surrey training base.

His attendance for the Under-14 fixture at the home of the 2011-2012 Champions League winners will undoubtedly lead to speculation Brooklyn Beckham is in line to follow in his father's footsteps to play football at the highest level.

Brooklyn was also on the Under-14 roster at the LA Galaxy academy while his dad played in California.

Yet Beckham and his wife Victoria, the Spice Girl-turned-fashion designer, would be reluctant to heap pressure on any of their four children.

The 37-year-old Londoner has enjoyed a successful career with Manchester United, Real Madrid, LA Galaxy and AC Milan, while also accumulating 115 England caps, a record for an outfield player.

Beckham also played a prominent role in the delegation sent to Singapore which helped to secure the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games for London.

Beckham has spoken in the past about the difficulties of being the offspring of one of the most famous sporting stars on the planet.

"They've got a great life set up for them," he told The Times. "Obviously our boys and little girl are very lucky.

"But I think, as a parent, you always worry: 'Have they got the hunger that I had as a kid?'"

He added: "I'm as hard on my boys as my dad was. They always ask, 'Did I play well?' I'll say, 'You did alright, could have done better..."'

It is still to be determined whether, and where, David Beckham will continue his own footballing career.

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