Beckham must remain in football after retirement, insists England boss Hodgson

England manager Roy Hodgson believes David Beckham has a lot to offer football post-retirement, and has called on the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder to stay involved in the game once he hangs up his boots, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Beckham announced on Thursday that he was calling an end to his playing career following PSG’s final game of the season, against Lorient on Sunday, and Hodgson hopes to see the former England captain play some role in football for the foreseeable future.

Hodgson said: “I wish him well in the future whatever he chooses to do and I personally hope that will be in football. David is a man of many talents and a lot of people now will be wanting him for different jobs and roles, some of which could take him away from us in football.

Hodgson’s words were just one of the many tributes paid to Beckham and his career, with former Manchester United assistant manager and England boss Steve McClaren adding: “What an unbelievable career he’s had, both on and off the field. I’ve been fortunate to work with some great players and he was one of them. He was a great player.

He made the very most of his talents through sheer hard work, professionalism and always doing extra on the training field. He was an inspiring personality to young players with his behaviour and his professionalism on and off the field.

Making his debut for United in the early 1990s, Beckham went on to lift numerous trophies with the Old Trafford club before moving to Real Madrid in 2003, winning the title in Spain. He then departed for Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy, spent time on loan in Serie A with Milan, and is nearing the end of a six-month contract with Ligue 1 champions PSG.

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