England soccer legend David Beckham – arguably the biggest British import since the Beatles – suffered an heel injury Sunday night that is expected to prevent him from playing in June's World Cup.
A bit of England died Sunday night.
Hero, patriot, legend, hearthrob, He Who Bends It will not be playing in the World Cup.
"THE END OF THE WORLD" screamed one tabloid.
After the 50-minute-operation was completed Monday afternoon, the surgeon said Beckham required at least four to five months recovery.
But how much will Beckham's absence really hurt team England at the World Cup starting in June?
Short answer: Not much.
"England under [Italian coach Fabio Capello] can go all the way, with or without Becks. They have the talent and the coach needed. ... Beckham was a sidebar."