Lineker, Neville & more: Twitter reacts as David Beckham retires

Gary Lineker and Phil Neville tweet their thoughts after England and Man United legend David Beckham announces his retirement

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David Beckham celebrated the Ligue 1 title with PSG last weekend Photo: Ezequiel Lavezzi/Instagram

David Beckham has announced he will retire at the end of the season aged 38 after helping Paris Saint-Germain win the Ligue 1 title on Sunday.

The former England captain earned 115 Three Lions caps and won the Premier League, La Liga, MLS Cup and Champions League during spells with Manchester United, Real Madrid and LA Galaxy.

Here are some of the best Twitter updates from the professionals following news of the retirement of one of England’s most iconic players.

Southampton youngster Luke Shaw ‏(@Luke_shaw35) looked up to Beckham: “David Beckham announces his retirement, what a great player and a legend to the sport.”

Former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore ‏(@StanCollymore) hails Beckham’s England achievements: “Good luck to Becks, from an England fan perspective he served the Three Lions very well indeed.”

Everton defender Phil Neville (‏@fizzer18) reckons Beckham is England’s greatest-ever football ambassador: “David Beckham -what an unbelievable career- four titles in four countries over 100 caps for England and the best ambassador this countries has had!”

England legend Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) agrees with Neville: “David Beckham has retired. A wonderful player, global superstar and a magnificent ambassador for England and football.”

Former Newcastle defender Warren Barton (‏@warrenbarton2) calls Beckham an icon: “Well done Sir David good luck!! Top player.. Great man.!!”

Arsenal fan Piers Morgan (‏@piersmorgan) reckons Paul Scholes is the best United legend to retire this week: “Beckham’s a great guy, but he’s not even the best United legend to retire this week. #Scholes”

Former Aston Villa midfielder Ian Taylor ‏(@IanTaylor7) has his say: “#DavidBeckham retiring…. #icon”

Tottenham youngster Harry Kane ‏(@hkane28) reveals Beckham’s influence on his career: “Can’t believe the main man David Beckham is retiring ! Was a huge role model to me growing up. Will always be a legend on and off the pitch!”

West Brom midfielder Steven Reid (‏@stevenreid12) casts a thought to Jamie Carragher and Michael Owen: “Feel sorry for anybody else retiring this summer #Fergie #Becks #Scholes .. Follow them 3!”

Tennis legend Boris Becker (‏@TheBorisBecker) welcomes Beckham to the club: “The [email protected] has announced his retirement today! Welcome to the new club….”

Finally, former Chelsea midfielder Jody Morris (‏@morriskid) reckons Beckham has helped to encourage more women to watch the sport: “He probably got more women interested in football than any other player too..can’t quite put my finger on why though?? :-) #Becks”

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