Toledo: Beckham's a chicken
By Patricio Figueroa
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Paraguay's Delio Toledo has fanned the flames ahead of a World Cup date with England.
Paraguay international Delio Toledo has fanned the flames ahead of his side's World Cup date with England in bizarre fashion by branding captain David Beckham a 'chicken.'
Toledo, who is contracted to Real Zaragoza, has launched a remarkable attack on the Real Madrid star, branding him a coward.
Toledo insists he has the measure of Beckham having come up against him in Liga action.
The Three Lions take on the South Americans on June 10 and Toledo is relishing the opportunity to do battle with Sven Goran Eriksson's side and a tussle with Beckham.
"He is a chicken, when you fight for possession against him he jumps out of the way," said Toledo.
"I don't have any problem in playing hard against him to take the ball and not letting him have it easy."
Toledo believes Beckham is integral to England's hopes but believes his threat can be negated.
"They depend on what Beckham does but as he is a chicken we can get a positive result from that match," he continued.
Despite his rebuke of the 31-year-old, Toledo concedes the former Manchester United star is a talented performer.
"Beckham plays very well. He knows how to hit the ball into dangerous areas. I know him well so I know how to play against him in the World Cup," he added.
"I want to play against him so I hope the coach selects me."