British Prime Minister David Cameron has praised David Beckham for his contribution to the England team after Fabio Capello confirmed he will not consider the midfielder for the Euro 2012 qualification campaign.
Capello on Beckham
Capello announced prior to Wednesday's 2-1 friendly win over Hungary that he considered Beckham, 35, to be "too old" to play a part in England's international future. The midfielder will win a 116th cap in a farewell friendly, possibly against France in November.
Beckham captained England at the 2002 and 2006 World Cups and is one of the country's most popular players of modern times. With the LA Galaxy midfielder set to step out of the international limelight, Cameron paid tribute to Beckham on Thursday.
"I'd just like to take the opportunity to pay tribute to someone who, I think, has been an incredible role model in sport," Cameron said. "We will all remember some of those great free-kicks, some of those great moments that he's been responsible for.
"I'm sure lots of people will be sad that he's not going to be playing for England again. But I've learned a few things from this job in the first three months and one of them is let the England football manager get on with managing the England football team, and hopefully he'll let me get on with running the country."
West Ham co-owner David Gold reacted to Capello's decision by once again claiming that the Hammers would be delighted to sign the former Real Madrid and Manchester United star.
"He's still a great player and it would be a fantastic statement if he came to West Ham," Gold told BBC Sport.
Sunderland manager Steve Bruce, who played with Beckham at United, feels the midfielder's international career may not be over yet. Beckham forced his way back into the national side after originally being dropped by Steve McClaren following the 2006 World Cup finals.
"In all the hullabaloo that goes with him, sometimes it gets lost that he is an absolutely fantastic football player,'' Bruce said. "I still wouldn't write him off yet and I wish him well.
"He's a decent lad and he's always been absolutely 100% dedicated to football. Whenever he pulled on a jersey there was a fantastic energy and enthusiasm about him. He's been one of the true great players of the modern era. David Beckham has been and done it and worn the T-shirt.''