Just last month David Beckham told ITV Football that he would not turn down the chance to play for his country again.
He said: "I'm not ready to hang my boots up yet. Somebody just asked whether I would want to play for England again - who wouldn't?
"It's one of the reasons why I've never retired from international football, because if there's ever a chance I could play for my country again I would never turn that down."
With professional football now behind him and money not an issue, what could David Beckham turn his hand to now?
Former England captain David Beckham announced today that he will retire from football at the end of the season.
A look back at the career, on and off the field, of the world's most recognisable footballer.