David Beckham to retire

Leytonstone-born footballer David Beckham has said that he will retire from professional football at the end of the season, according to the Associated Press.

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Tessa Jowell: We owe Beckham a 'huge debt'

The former Olympics minister Tessa Jowell has tweeted her tribute to former England captain David Beckham, who was a key figure in the successful bid for the 2012 Olympic games:

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.@lbc973 we owe David a huge debt, great footballer & great Olympic ambassador. Memories of Flame arriving @ Culdrose http://t.co/i7ZMYvfGkV

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No 10: Beckham a 'brilliant ambassador for this country'

The Prime Minister's view is that David Beckham has been an outstanding footballer throughout his career but not only that he has been a brilliant ambassador for this country, not least if we remember all the work he did on helping us win London 2012.

The Prime Minister's message would simply be to say: congratulations on a fantastic career.

– Number 10 spokesman

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Roy Hodgson: Let's keep Becks in football

England manager Roy Hodgson said he hopes David Beckham resists the temptation to move away from football in retirement, and instead remains involved in the game:

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.

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.

– Roy Hodgson, England Manager

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FA chairman hails Beckham's 'unique' football career

FA chairman David Bernstein has paid tribute to David Beckham after the former England captain called time on his playing career:

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.

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.

– FA Chairman David Bernstein
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Beckham's final game is against Lorient (not L Orient)

The final match of David Beckham's career will be against French side Lorient on Sunday 26 May.

English League One side Leyton Orient took to Twitter to point out that they have no connection to the Ligue 1 outfit, after receiving "a few phone calls".

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Already had a few phone calls but to clear things up Beckham's last game is against FC Lorient not us.

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Lineker: Becks 'a wonderful player and global superstar'

Former team-mate Phil Neville and ex-England striker Gary Lineker have paid tribute to David Beckham who has announced his retirement:

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David Beckham-what an unbelievable career-4 titles in 4 countries over 100 caps for eng and the best ambassador this countries has had!

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David Beckham has retired. A wonderful player, global superstar and a magnificent ambassador for England and football.

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