Soccer ace David Beckham has lauded his wife VICTORIA for her "inner strength" in helping him deal with the backlash following allegations he had two extra-marital affairs.

The Real Madrid player is currently in Portugal playing in the EURO 2004 soccer tournament and is delighted his former SPICE GIRL wife brought sons ROMEO and BROOKLYN to cheer him on.

And smitten David - who has denied sleeping with former PA REBECCA LOOS and model SARAH MARBECK - credits Victoria with keeping their family together as the press stories continue.

He says, "That's one of the reasons I married her. She has such inner strength. Obviously she's beautiful, but she's such a strong person as well.

"She's the one who's kept us together as a family and I know for a fact that she'll carry on taking the flak: we both will. I have a good strong family, a good strong wife and two great children."

17/06/2004 00:09