25 MARCH 2009

David Beckham had to smile when he was caught out by a prank played by a wounded war hero.

The England player initially looked horrified when he shook the hand of Royal Marine Ben McBean – and it came off. Seconds later he realised he'd grasped the soldier's prosthetic limb and dissolved into laughter.

"I was shocked. I didn't expect that," he admitted.

The joke came as Becks and his England teammates invited Ben and other brave Forces colleagues to watch them train at Arsenal's ground in London.

Ben, who was dubbed a hero by fellow soldier Prince Harry when they flew back on the same plane from Afghanistan, chuckled: "The fake arm trick – it get's them every time."

Since losing an arm and a leg on the frontline, the Marine has made so much progress he plans to take part in a project to climb Mount Everest in October.

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The star footballer, pictured greeting the soldiers who'd been invited to watch the team train, was stunned when a wounded Forces hero's arm came off in his hand. "I was shocked. I didn't expect that," admitted David, who soon saw the funny side and went on the sign the serviceman's prosthetic limb
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"The fake arm trick – it get's them every time," grinned Ben, whose profile was raised when he travelled, badly injured, back from Afghanistan on the same plane as Prince Harry
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