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LONDON (AP) _ David Beckham's left foot seems to be healing on schedule, giving a major boost to England's World Cup hopes.

Manchester United said Friday that X-rays of Beckham's broken metatarsal bone show ``there are signs that his bone is healing satisfactorily.''

Football Association spokesman Paul Newman said England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson was optimistic about Beckham's progress.

``This is obviously very encouraging news,'' Newman said. ``We hope that David's recovery continues at this pace in advance of the World Cup finals.''

England's opening World Cup game is on June 2 against Sweden.

Eriksson names his squad on May 9 and has said he will pick Beckham.

The talented midfielder was injured April 10 in a Champions Cup quarterfinal game against Spanish side Deportivo La Coruna.

Beckham has been quoted this week saying he hoped to have the plaster cast off by the end of the week, giving him a chance to play with England in its May 21 World Cup warmup against South Korea.

In a related development, England defender Gary Neville ruled himself out of the World Cup on Friday after breaking his left foot April 24 in a Champions Cup game with Bayer Leverkusen.

Neville's injury is almost identical to Beckham's.