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David Beckham to lecture in University

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David Beckham is set to lecture at a top US University. The soccer ace, who will join Los Angeles Galaxy this summer, has been invited to join a debate at the University of Southern California (USC). The prestigious university wants David to tell students how soccer can change the world, and the 32-year-old is keen to accept the offer. Professor Nicholas Cull, who is organising the global seminar on the role of sport in diplomacy, said: "David Beckham is already part of the masters course taught here, as an example of the influence of athletes, so I am hoping that he will be able to address us at that seminar. "People who don't follow football don't appreciate what a globally significant figure David Beckham is even now with his career in transition." David, who failed all his GCSEs and never went to university, has admitted in the past that public speaking isn't easy for him. He said: "I don't do the talking thing very good sometimes."

However, the Los Angeles office of the David Beckham Academy - which encourages children to become involved in soccer - is confident a public speaking course will help David combat his nervousness. The former England captain - who has three sons, Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz, with wife Victoria - has always believed sport can carry a broader message to young people. He said: "Football, or soccer, is more than a sport. It brings people together in hope, which is what I want to do with my academy. It's about physical excellence but it's also about teamwork, working together to solve problems and celebrate being together." David will reportedly become a UN goodwill ambassador once his five-year deal with the soccer club Los Angeles Galaxy is completed.

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