Glenn Hoddle responds to David Beckham criticism in Netflix documentary

The ex-England boss was painted as a villain in the documentary.

Glenn Hoddle responds to David Beckham criticism in Netflix documentary
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Glenn Hoddle was painted as a villain in David Beckham’s Netflix documentary (Photo: Getty)

Glenn Hoddle says he has no problem with David Beckham despite being portrayed as a villain in the football legend’s Netflix documentary.

The early episodes of Beckham deal with the fall out from the former England captain’s infamous red card at the 1998 World Cup.

Then Three Lions boss Hoddle came under fire from Beckham’s family for comments he made about the player before, during and after the tournament, especially criticising him for his remarks after the sending off and subsequent loss to Argentina.

‘It cost us, it cost us dearly,’ he said, opening up the Manchester United legend to a barrage of abuse from fans up and down the country, with Hoddle very much painted as the villain of the series.

‘Glenn Hoddle said his head wasn’t in the right place [before Tunisia], didn’t he? I just put him on my hit list – people that upset me,’ Beckham’s mother Sandra said in the documentary.

Victoria Beckham added: ‘Glenn Hoddle didn’t come out and try to protect him. And how old was David, 23? You’re a kid at 23. Glenn Hoddle was a man. I wouldn’t say a man actually, he was an older person.’

The documentary’s director, Fisher Stevens, previously stated that Hoddle had rejected the chance to participate in the documentary, but now the Tottenham legend has given his side of the story and responded to the criticisms.

FRANCE - JUNE 30: WM FRANCE 98 St.Etienne; ARGENTINIEN - ENGLAND 6:5 n.E. (ARG - ENG) ACHTELFINALE; ROTE KARTE FUER David BECKHAM/ENG WEGEN NACHTRETENS .; Alan SHEARER, Paul SCHOLES/ENG, Schiedsrichter Kim Milkon NIELSEN, Gabriel BATISTUTA, Matias ALMEYDA/ARG, David BECKHAM/ENG, Diego SIMEONE (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
David Beckham was infamously sent off for a ‘foul’ on Diego Simeone at the 1998 World Cup (Photo: Getty)

‘I’ve got no problem with David. He was a fabulous player for me and one of the best players this country has produced,’ he told talkSPORT.

‘I haven’t seen the documentary, I’ve got no worries with what he said. If it goes well, I wish him all the success.

‘I believe his mum had a little dig at me. Well, my mum would have defended me to the hilt as well.

‘My daughter sent me an interview I did after the game in France as well where I was defending him and saying we can’t make him a scapegoat. It was never a red card. I’ve looked at it and thought, “How has he given him a red?”. It was ridiculous.

‘I haven’t seen it. With what happened to me five years ago [suffering a heart attack while on the BT Sport set], these things don’t bother me.’

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