England Manager congratulates former Three Lions skipper for a 'glittering career'
Roy Hodgson has hailed David Beckham and his impact on English football after the former Three Lions skipper announced his plans to retire at the end of the season.
Midfielder Beckham appeared 115 times for England, his last outing coming against Belarus at Wembley in 2009, and scored 17 goals.
After a club career that has seen him play for Manchester United, Real Madrid, LA Galaxy, AC Milan and now Paris St-Germain, the 38-year-old has decided to hang up his boots.
And England Manager Hodgson hopes Beckham will stay within the game: “I congratulate him on a glittering career and wish him well in the future, whatever he chooses to do, and I personally hope that will be in football,” he said.
“David is a man with many talents and a lot of people will now be offering him different jobs, different roles, some of which could take him away from football, but I’m rather hoping we will be able to keep him in football.
“We could benefit from his experience, we could benefit from his charisma, and benefit from the magnificent past he has had as a football player."
Beckham’s retirement follows swiftly on the heels of similar announcements from former Manchester United team mates Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes.
Scholes will also finish his playing career at the end of this season, while Ferdinand has retired from the international scene.
“It’s a strange week for me first seeing Rio retire, not so long back John Terry and now David Beckham, it does seem that a golden era may be approaching its end.
“But the players I’m working with now and the players of the future have got some very important people to look up to. If they can get anywhere close to those players, I think our future in England is pretty well assured.”
While Beckham has not played for his country for three and a half years, Hodgson says he remains fully supportive of the Three Lions and has been in regular contact with him since taking over last year.
“He has been very good since I have become national coach,” Hodgson revealed.
“I didn’t know him too well before taking the job, but since I have been appointed he has been unbelievably supportive, if only with things like text messages wishing us luck.
“In David Beckham England has a big fan, a great supporter."