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David Beckham helps stranded motorist

February 9, 2011 | 12:25 pm

Beckham_350 David Beckham was originally scheduled to return to the U.S. this week. If the soccer star had followed through with this plan, a photographer and his two children might still be stranded in the middle of a road.

Paul Long told BBC Radio on Wednesday that his car broke down while taking his kids to school during morning rush hour. Long said they were near a roundabout in the town of Ware in England and were passed by other cars until someone finally stopped to help.

It was Beckham, who asked if they were OK. Long asked for a push to the side of the road.

Later, as Beckham returned to his car, Long shouted, "Thanks David, I love you."

The Galaxy midfielder is training with Premier League club Tottenham until Feb. 22.

-- Chuck Schilken

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: David Beckham. Credit: Kevin P. Casey / Associated Press