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.