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World Cup 2010: David Beckham Plays Down England Fan Confrontation

World Cup 2010: David Beckham Plays Down England Fan Confrontation

Security breach "blown out of proportion".

David Beckham has played down the moment a fan confronted him in the England dressing room moments after the Three Lions were held to a goalless draw with Algeria at the World Cup.

The supporter evaded security to come face-to-face with Becks & Co. after Fabio Capello's men were frustratingly held to a second draw by their Group C rivals on Friday night.

However, the LA Galaxy midfielder insists the confrontation, which is being investigated by FIFA, has been blown out of all proportion.

"He [the supporter] didn't comment on the performance, he literally walked in and said hello," Beckham told Sky Sports News.

"It was a very personal conversation."

The fan made his way to the dressing room just moments after Capello's dejected team had been visited by Princes William and Harry, who are currently touring South Africa.

Beckham, who is operating as part of Capello's backroom staff, added: "Luckily, it was after the princes had left - five to 10 minutes after.

"Obviously, it's been blown out of all proportion as well."

William and Harry joined Beckham and a host of stars from the football world at an FA reception in Johannesburg earlier on Friday night.

And the princes were quick to agree with the 35-year-old midfielder's assessment of the security breach.

"Harry and I left the door open, that's why it happened, it was our fault," joked William.

South African police are still searching for the fan, who managed to leave the stadium in Cape Town before he could be arrested.

Provincial police spokesman Colonel Billy Jones revealed the man, who was wearing a red t-shirt, was wanted for trespassing.

Col Jones said: "Somebody who is believed to be an England supporter managed to get into the changing room.

"There is no report he engaged with any of the team members and was removed from the dressing room by one of the FIFA officials.

"At this stage we are consulting with all the security agents that were present and will be looking at all the available surveillance footage to establish how this person got in."

More than 40,000 England supporters are in South Africa for the World Cup and the FA want to ensure security is watertight when the Three Lions head to Port Elizabeth for Wednesday's do-or-die encounter with Slovenia.

Capello's side must win the final Group C game to be sure of qualifying for the last 16 - and Beckham believes they will do just that.

"We [England] win the next game, we win the group. We know we've not played well in the first two games but we haven't lost, we've got two points," he added.

"To get it back on track it's easy - if we win our last game then everything looks good again."

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