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Beckham sidelined ahead of Israel game

Beckham won’t bend it against Israel.

David Beckham, the Los Angeles Galaxy soccer star, won’t join the England national team when it plays Israel in London next week in a qualifying game for Euro 2008.

The midfielder, famed for his ability to bend the trajectory of the soccer ball, was sidelined for six weeks after spraining his right knee in a collision Wednesday night when Galaxy played Pachuca, a Mexican team.

British media reported earlier this month that Beckham recently discovered that his mother is Jewish.

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