An Easter Egg version of soccer ace David Beckham has been unveiled.
The decorated version of the footballer is among a set of celebrity specials, which include the late King of Pop Michael Jackson, US President Barack Obama and The Beatles.
Artist John Lamouranne, from New Orleans in the US, spends hours carefully hand-painting hollowed out goose eggs.
John, dubbed ''The Egg Man'', also creates the tiny sets to stand the eggs, which sell for up to 200 pounds.
The 63-year-old also takes on private commissions from members of the public, working from a photo.
"Anything can be created with egg shells. My egg art creations are in just about every country in the world," the Sun quoted John as saying.
Beckham to miss World Cup
David Beckham's hopes of being the first English player to appear in four World Cups have been shattered and his future in international football is in doubt after he ruptured his Achilles while playing an Italian league match for AC Milan.
"He will miss the World Cup for sure," a person familiar with the injury told The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because an official announcement had not been made. The person said it was likely the 34-year-old midfielder will play again.
Still, Beckham's international career for England is all but over and it remains to be seen how much he'll have left for the Los Angeles Galaxy and Major League Soccer.
England manager Fabio Capello and his England assistant Franco Baldini spoke with Beckham on the telephone to offer best wishes.
"We have to wait for the results of the scan, but it looks like he is out of the World Cup," Capello said Monday. "David is a great professional and has worked very hard to be ready for the World Cup, so missing it will be a big blow."
Beckham was on loan to Milan when he was injured in a 1-0 win over visiting Chievo Verona.
With only a few minutes remaining and the score 0-0, Beckham was by himself in the center circle when he took a pass with his left foot, stepped back awkwardly, then stepped forward and started hopping on his right foot with an expression of pain on his face. He reached a hand down to his left heel, then stood up and gestured as if he was breaking a twig in half to show the AC Milan bench he knew the tendon was broken.
Visibly in pain and in tears, Beckham went to the sideline for medical attention.
Club physician Jean Pierre Meersseman told Italy's Sky TV that Beckham will fly to Finland, where he will be treated by specialist surgeon Dr. Sakari Orava.
Sky reported that Beckham said, 'It's broken, it's broken," when he came off.
"He felt the muscle begin to come up, which is a typical symptom when you break an Achilles' tendon," Milan coach Leonardo told Sky. "This is a real blow."
While Beckham has not been a starter for England in recent matches, he was likely to make the World Cup squad. Although no longer a regular starting player for England, Beckham was still prized for his free kicks and crosses, especially when England needed second-half goals.
And for many, he was the most-known soccer player in the world, a fashion icon with a celebrity wife, former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham. A 2002 movie was even named after him, "Bend it Like Beckham."
The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star was on his second loan stint at AC Milan from the Galaxy as he tried to boost his chances of making Capello's 23-man World Cup roster. With no chance to play in the World Cup, his international career is likely over after 17 goals and 115 appearances, second in English history behind only goalkeeper Peter Shilton's 125 matches from 1970-90.
Beckham was England's captain from November 2000 through the 2006 World Cup.
"He'll probably be out for five or six months," AC Milan vice president Adriano Galliani told Sky. "I saw him really suffering. In the changing room I hugged him and told him that if he wants he can join us next year, too."
It was yet another blow for Major League Soccer, already facing the threat of a players' strike ahead of the season opener on March 25. Beckham is the league's highest-paid player with a $32.5 million, five-year contract - and its biggest draw.
"We just received the information about David's unfortunate injury," MLS commissioner Don Garber said. "We wish him a speedy recovery."
Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said it was too early to tell exactly how long Beckham, who was due to join Los Angeles after the World Cup, will be out. Arena didn't want to discuss the impact the injury would have on the season. He wouldn't blame the injury on the loan.
"Players get hurt whether they're on loan or not," he said. "Injuries are unfortunately part of the game."
In pril 2002, Beckham broke a bone in his left foot during a European Champions League game against Spain's Deportivo La Coruna. His injury and recovery were front-page news to fixated England fans.
Beckham returned Sunday to AC Milan's starting lineup after a reserve appearance in Wednesday's 4-0 Champions League loss at Manchester United, his first match at Old Trafford against his former club since he left after the 2002-03 season. Beckham was treated Sunday for a deep cut to his right cheek following a collision early inhe first half.
Beckham nearly scored in the 84th, but Chievo goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino stopped his close-range effort.
"Beckham came here because he wanted to help Milan return to the top and he was looking to get a jersey for the national team and participate in the World Cup," Milan defender Ganluca Zambrotta said. "If other victories come, there will surely be a dedication for David Beckham."