Beckham to retire at the end of the season

Former England captain calls time after French league win with PSG

Former England captain David Beckham will retire from football at the end of the season. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA

Former England captain David Beckham will retire from football at the end of the season. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA

Thu, May 16, 2013, 15:31

David Beckham will retire from football at the end of this season. The former England captain, 38, will call it a day after winning the French league title with Paris St Germain.

Beckham said: “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.”

Beckham added: “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 100 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.”

Beckham made his debut for Manchester United in 1992, winning six league titles and the Champions League before moving to Real Madrid and Los Angeles Galaxy, plus loan spells at AC Milan.

He made his England debut in 1996 and would go on to become the most capped outfield player with 115 appearances. He was the first English player to score in three consecutive World Cup finals tournaments.

Beckham said: “To this day, one of my proudest achievements is captaining my country.

“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.”