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.
– FA Chairman David Bernstein
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.
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".
Already had a few phone calls but to clear things up Beckham's last game is against FC Lorient not us.
David Beckham is one of England's most decorated footballers, but things haven't always run smoothly.
David Beckham won 14 pieces of major silverware in his career and is the only English player to have won league titles in four countries. His major honours are as follows:
- Six Premier League titles (Man Utd)
- Two FA Cups (Man Utd)
- One Champions League (Man Utd)
- One La Liga title (Real Madrid)
- One Spanish Supercup (Real Madrid)
- Two MLS Cups (LA Galaxy)
- One Ligue 1 title (Paris Saint-Germain)
Former team-mate Phil Neville and ex-England striker Gary Lineker have paid tribute to David Beckham who has announced his retirement:
David Beckham-what an unbelievable career-4 titles in 4 countries over 100 caps for eng and the best ambassador this countries has had!
David Beckham has retired. A wonderful player, global superstar and a magnificent ambassador for England and football.
David Beckham earned 115 caps for England, a record for an outfield player, and he donned the Three Lions armband on 58 occasions.
David Beckham's free-kick against Greece in 2001 was voted England fans' favourite goal of all time earlier this year.
Beckham has confirmed today that he will be retiring from football at the end of the season.
If you had told me as a young boy I would have played for and won trophies with my boyhood club Manchester United, proudly captained and played for my country over one hundred times and lined up for some of the biggest clubs in the world, I would have told you it was a fantasy. I'm fortunate to have realised those dreams.
To this day, one of my proudest achievements is captaining my country.
– David Beckham
I knew every time I wore the Three Lions shirt, I was not only following in a long line of great players, I was also representing every fan that cared passionately about their country.
I'm honoured to represent England both on and off the pitch ... I want to thank all my team-mates, the great managers that I had the pleasure of learning from. I also want to thank the fans who have all supported me and given me the strength to succeed.
– David Beckham
I'm thankful to PSG for giving me the opportunity to continue but I feel now is the right time to finish my career, playing at the highest level.