He no longer plies his trade in the U.K., but according to researchers at the University of Warwick, David Beckham has assumed the title of England‚Äôs Rose. Sociologist Andrew Parker analyzed Beckham‚Äôs place in his countrymen‚Äôs hearts and found that he‚Äôs as popular as Princess Diana ever was. ‚ÄúBoth are glamorous figures, supremely beautiful,‚Äù Parker wrote. In other Beckham news, Adidas will sew feng shui symbols into the star‚Äôs new line of shoes. Eastern monks watched hours of footage of Beckham in action and then gave design advice. Only 723 pairs of the $900 shoes will be made (Beckham wears number 7 for England and 23 for Real Madrid)--but if you‚Äôre not built like Beckham, don‚Äôt bother. They will only come in Becks‚Äôs size 9.
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