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Beckham hails McClaren as his 'best coach'

England captain David Beckham has hailed Steve McClaren as 'the best coach I have ever worked with'.

McClaren, who has been assistant to national team boss Sven-Goran Eriksson for five years, will take over from the Swede after this summer's World Cup.

And despite McClaren apparently not being first choice - Portugal's Brazilian coach Luiz Felipe Scolari was widely touted as the favourite - Beckham has given his full backing to the Middlesbrough boss.

'He is the best coach I have ever had and I have had some good ones over the years,' he said.

'If you asked any of the players he is one of the best, if not the best.'

The Real Madrid midfielder was also pleased the long-running saga over Eriksson's successor had finally been settled.

'It is good for the team it is over and done with now. It went on for a long time and now it has been resolved we can concentrate on other things,' he told Sky Sports.