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David Beckham to mentor young footballers in Disney+ series Save Our Squad

He will return to the pitches where he grew played as a child.

David Beckham will mentor young grassroots footballers in a new factual series for Disney+.

The sports star, who has played for clubs including Manchester United, Real Madrid, Milan, LA Galaxy, Paris Saint-Germain and the England national team, will return to the east London pitches where he played as a child to support a side who are struggling to survive in the league in Save Our Squad.

Beckham and his team will take the players, their coach and their community on “an uplifting, transformative journey of a lifetime”, according to Disney.

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David Beckham playing for Manchester United in 2003 (Phil Noble/PA)

The show will be made by production company Twenty Twenty and Studio 99, a production studio Beckham co-founded.

Beckham said: “It is fantastic to be making Save Our Squad with Twenty Twenty and to shine a light on the kind of grassroots football that I experienced growing up and which gave me so much at the start of my life in the game.

“I was so fortunate to have a long and successful playing career and now to have the opportunity to give back to these communities as a mentor is incredible.

“Developing and nurturing young talent is so important in the game and it is great to be working with Disney+ on this project.”

Sean Doyle, who will executive-produce for Disney, said: “We are so thrilled to welcome David Beckham to Disney+.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to show the importance and impact of grassroots football in communities in the UK.

“The series will be exciting, dramatic, uplifting and full of heart and courage – everything David had in his own playing days!”

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