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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David Beckham to retire

David Beckham said he will retire from professional football at the end of the season. He said: "I feel now is the right time to finish my career, playing at the highest level."