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David Beckham makes Shrewsbury cancer patient's dream come true

David Beckham chats to Lloyd Burton and his mother, Di Credit: Press Association

David Beckham has made a Shrewsbury cancer patient's dream come true when he paid a surprise visit to meet the youngster.

Lloyd Burton, 11, met the star while filming Stand Up To Cancer - a national fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4.

The Manchester United fan's budding football career was cut short when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour (medulloblastoma) in May last year.

Lloyd had been scouted by Manchester United, Aston Villa, Port Vale and Shrewsbury. But after surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, he is now in a wheelchair.

I had no idea that I was going to meet David Beckham, it was such a brilliant surprise.

He was really nice and we chatted lots. He told me a bit about his family and other normal stuff and we talked about football quite a lot too. I love football and Beckham is one of my favourite players so I'll always remember that day.

– Lloyd Burton

Beckham announced as new Jaguar ambassador

David Beckham will market Jaguar in China Credit: GASTON DE CARDENAS/EFE/Press Association Images

British sporting icon David Beckham has joined Jaguar as a brand ambassador. He'll be marketing the car in a series of print and TV adverts for China.

Bob Grace, Jaguar Land Rover China Managing Director, said:

"We are absolutely thrilled that David will be an ambassador for Jaguar in China. David Beckham is a Briton whose achievements mean he has global popularity and he is someone who embodies contemporary British style and sophistication.

"He is a truly modern, British individual with a genuine passion for design, innovation, performance and driving.”

David’s role will initially see him feature alongside the new Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé. The former footballer said:

"It’s an honour to support a brand with such an amazing heritage and I look forward to being part of Jaguar’s exciting future in China.”

The company said Beckham's role would see him feature in many Jaguar campaigns in the coming years including adverts for the Jaguar XJ, a saloon manufactured at the company's factory in Castle Bromwich in Solihull.

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