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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Fans Try to Sleep in Beckham's Bed

TOKYO -- The English soccer team checked out of their hotel in Japan almost a week ago after being knocked out of the World Cup, but their rooms aren't going begging.

The remote hotel where the squad stayed during the tournament has been inundated with calls from Japanese fans, most of them wanting to sleep in the bed vacated by captain David Beckham.

"We are getting around 80 calls a day along those lines," said a spokeswoman for the Westin Awaji Island Resort on the small island of Awaji.

Die-hard fans may never know if they get into the right bed.

"We don't reveal which player was staying in which room for privacy reasons. We would do the same for any customer," the spokeswoman said.

Local government officials are hoping to attract tourists to the area by setting up statues of Beckham, striker Michael Owen and coach Sven-Goran Eriksson in the tiny town of Tsuna, where the team practiced.

Plans are also in the offing to rename a road after the team and keep their uniforms on permanent display.