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David Beckham, the former England skipper who missed the finals in South Africa due to injury, believes that the Three Lions didn't play to their potential in this year's competition and simply weren't good enough.

England were poor throughout the tournament, but were humiliated 4-1 by Germany in the last 16, their biggest ever World Cup defeat. And despite Frank Lampard's goal that never was, Beckham says Germany were by far the better side.

"We didn’t play at the level we knew that we were capable of," Beckham told Eurosport.

"Over the four matches we weren’t good enough and regardless of the goal that never was, Germany played better than we did over the 90 minutes and deserved to go through.

"Having seen the lads in training, the spirit was good, everyone trained at a really high level, it was just disappointing we couldn’t transfer that onto the pitch. As a team, we have to learn from everything that’s happened, come back stronger and play to our potential."

Despite the disappointment Beckham, England's second highest cap winner behind Peter Shilton, was full of praise for the England supporters who made their way to South Africa.

"I have to say the fans were unbelievable, like they always are," he said.

"It must have been really tough, having spent the time and money they did and the team were so desperate to give them the success their support deserved."

Beckham also picked out Argentina and Barcelona star Lionel Messi as one of his players of the tournament so far, along with the likes of David Villa and former Manchester United team-mate Diego Forlan.

"With all the pressure on Messi, prior to the tournament, he’s been a star performer so far for me," said Beckham.

"He’s been brilliant on the ball and an important link man for Argentina and instrumental in their four wins so far.

"Sneijder has been in fine form for the Dutch and scored some vital goals. I’ve also been impressed with Chile as a team and Sanchez, bags of pace and trickery.

"Diego Forlan for Uruguay has scored goals but also worked hard for the team, the same can be said for Ozil for Germany.

"David Villa has been Spain’s standout performer. He has scored goals, created chances and worked his socks off for his team and looks a good bet to be the top scorer at the World Cup."

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