Becks flies out to Afghanistan

21 May 2010, 17:35 | Updated: 28 May 2010, 08:28

David Beckham's headed out to Afghanistan on a surprise trip to visit troops, and he's flown out from RAF Brize Norton.

The England footballer's spoken of his "admiration" for British men and women serving in the country.  He's been to Helmand Province where about 9,000 British troops are stationed.

He said: "I have nothing but admiration for these young men and women and it makes me very proud to be British.

"I've wanted to visit Afghanistan for a long time and I hope that in some small way it helps remind everyone at home what an amazing job they are doing out here in very difficult conditions. I feel very humble."

The 35-year-old former England captain, who made his name at Manchester United before going on to play for Real Madrid, Los Angeles Galaxy and AC Milan, was due to take part in a question and answer session with troops.