FA Chairman calls the retiring David Beckham a 'great ambassador for the game'
David Bernstein has paid special tribute to David Beckham after the former England captain called time on his distinguished playing career.
FA Chairman Bernstein hailed the midfielder’s “unique career” and described him as a “great ambassador for the game”.
Beckham’s last match is set to be on 26 May when new French champions Paris Saint-Germain conclude their successful Ligue 1 season against FC Lorient.
Bernstein said: “It is quite amazing that in a week when Sir Alex Ferguson has retired that we now have David Beckham, another great of the game, ending his unique and hugely successful playing career.
“I would like to pay tribute to David for his outstanding contribution to English football. He has been such a great ambassador for the game at home and abroad and was a tremendous performer for his clubs and England.”
"I hope he'll work with The FA and do things with The FA and England in football going forward."
Beckham, 38, is the most capped England outfield player of all time, winning 115 caps. His triumph with PSG means he finishes his career having won league titles in four countries after success with Manchester United, Real Madrid and LA Galaxy.
He also played for Preston North End and AC Milan in a glittering 21-year career that included scoring in three successive World Cup finals in 1998, 2002 and 2006.
Bernstein added that he hoped the game would not lose Beckham’s positive influence.
He said: “David always played with the greatest passion and became an iconic figure in our national game.
“I am sorry to see him go but wish him and his family very well in his retirement. I am sure he will have so much to give back to the game in future, whatever he chooses to do.”
Adrian Bevington, Managing Director of Club England, also saluted the efforts of Beckham, who figured for the Three Lions at Under-21s and U18 levels.
"He was a genuinely outstanding captain for England," said Bevington. "He took us, as captain, to the World Cup in Japan/Korea and Germany, as well as the European Championship in Portugal.
"He is loved by the fans, loved by the nation and has the ability to connect with the public in a way that very few people are able to.
"We wish David every success in the future. We'd certainly like to have a role with him as well, because he is a hugely powerful individual in the way that he can encourage children to participate in the game.
"He such a fantastic ambassador for football."