Ex-England boss praises former skipper and 'a great player'
Ex-England Manager Steve McClaren praised David Beckham as a great of the modern game after the former national team captain announced his retirement.
Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Beckham has confirmed he will retire from football at the end of the season.
Beckham bows out as a Ligue 1 winner with PSG, with the 38-year-old deciding the time is right to step away from his illustrious playing career.
McClaren said: “David was a great player. He made the very most of his talents through sheer hard work and professionalism and always doing extra work on the training field.
"He inspired his team-mates through his performances. He was a winner, he's won so many things in his career and that was infectious on his team-mates.
"David was an inspiring personality to young players with his behaviour and professionalism on and off the field but ultimately he was a leader and people followed him.
"The young players followed him in how he played and in his personality, and even off the field the young players of today are following him through his fashion."
McClaren added: "By the end of his career he was a fantastic ambassador, not only for football around the world but for our country as well in helping bring major events to this country."
Beckham had a role in bringing the Olympic Games to London, but it will be his footballing feats for Manchester United, Real Madrid, PSG, LA Galaxy and AC Milan for which he will be remembered.
McClaren said: "He has been very special in that right midfield position. He was an unbelievable passer, crosser of the ball, and he could score goals as well.
"My lasting memory of David Beckham is him continuously being the last off the training pitch and always practising those trademark free-kicks."