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Beckham plays football with Filipino street children - picture special

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    David Beckham usually plays alongside LA Galaxy stars Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane but today his team-mates were some Filipino street children.
    The former England captain had a kickabout and listened to the stories of the kids who are struggling to rebuild their broken lives.
    "It's so important to have a dream," Beckham told the former street children at a Unicef-supported shelter in a suburb of Manila, the Philippine capital, where he and his team-mates from the Los Angeles Galaxy are playing an exhibition against the country's national team this weekend.
    On the sidelines of the Galaxy's Manila trip, Beckham, who is a Unicef goodwill ambassador, visited the shelter for children who have been rescued from the streets.

    They shared tales of domestic abuse and crime - some fell victim to drugs or were abandoned by their parents.
    Wearing a black Unicef T-shirt, the 36-year-old former England captain listened intently in a private conversation with a group of five children and told them how he started playing when he was seven and eventually achieved his dream of playing for Manchester United.
    Unicef asked that the names of the children and the shelter not be disclosed to protect their privacy.
    Conan, a 17-year-old who was abandoned by his parents when he was seven, told Beckham that he dreams of joining the Philippine team and later becoming a coach.
    He played in the Street Children's Football World Cup last year in South Africa, where the Philippines beat South Africa 2-1.
    The younger children were awe-struck while listening to one of the world's best known athletes.
    One 12-year-old girl named Shaina said she wants to be a nurse to help the sick. She often held Beckham's hand as she and the other children guided him around the facility, unfazed by the tattoos that adorn his arms.
    Beckham told the Unicef staff it was incredible that the children had gone through "so much in such a short space of time in their young lives" and learned responsibility and respect.
    He said he was lucky to have had the support of both his parents and it was "so sad to see so many children that don't have that support, don't have that love".
    He later listened to JM, a former drug user who turned 18 today, sing a rap song in the Filipino language on how drugs ruin lives. After staff translated the song for Beckham, he gave him a double thumbs up, saying, "You're good."
    The shelter that houses 136 kids has a small football field surrounded by separate cottages for boys and girls, a school, a basketball court and a training facility where children learn to sew clothes and cut hair.
    Beckham posed with the children for a picture wearing a blue graduation gown and cap made at the sewing room, where he also tried his hand at making a pillow case.
    "What struck me the most about coming into the centre was it was a real happy place, a real inspiring place," he said. "They are teaching kids unbelievable values. Every child I spoke to today - they all have dreams, they all have inspirations."
    A father of four children, Beckham said that because of work, it has been difficult for him "to do some of the things I would like to do - going out into the field like I obviously have today".
    "I think it is important to raise awareness to many issues around the world, many worries around the world," he said. "In my position, thankfully, I can create that kind of interest and awareness to things that are happening around the world."
    A highlight of his visit was a brief practice followed by a short game in which he joined one half of the shelter's team.
    The star sweated under the midday sun as he helped their shoeless goalkeeper - but his side lost 1-0.
    In this photo released by UNICEF in Manila, British soccer player of the Los Angeles Galaxy and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham meets former Filipino street children during his visit to a UNICEF-supported government center for children rescued from the streets Friday, Dec. 2, 2011 in a suburb of Manila in the Philippines. Beckham is here for a friendly soccer match against the Philippines' Azkals team, in the second leg of his team's three-country-tour that included Indonesia and Australia.
     
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