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Arise, Sir Ian

England's cricket legend Ian Botham has been chosen for knighthood but mercurial footballer David Beckham has been left out of the Queen's birthday honours list.

Beckham's omission comes amid speculation that England's most saleable footballer would be knighted, a report in Daily Mail said on Friday.

The 51-year-old Botham's on-field heroics should have been enough to earn him the knighthood long ago.

The former captain was one of the greatest all-rounders of his time with 5,200 runs and 383 wickets in 102 Tests. Besides, he also single-handedly led England to victory over Australia in 1981. In fact, he was awarded an OBE in 1992.

If his expert opinions as television commentator and newspaper columnist are respected, his fund-raising walks for cancer patients have endeared him to the British public. — PTI

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