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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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."