David Beckham confirms he'll be playing for Remain


Former England star David Beckham has picked his side for the EU referendum, and he'll be playing for Remain.

Using the language of sport, the ex-Manchester United player described Europe as a team and said it needs to play together to succeed.

He illustrated his point with some more football anecdotes, drawing on his own experience of how importance diversity is to make a group stronger.

David Beckham shares his views on British TV.
David Beckham shares his views on British TV with Graham Norton (Ian West/PA)

He said: "I played my best years at my boyhood club, Manchester United. I grew up with a core group of young British players that included Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and the Neville brothers. Added to that was an experienced group of older British players such as Gary Pallister, Steve Bruce and Paul Ince.

"Now that team might have gone on to win trophies but we were a better and more successful team because of a Danish goalkeeper, Peter Schmeichel, the leadership of an Irishman, Roy Keane, and the skill of a Frenchman in Eric Cantona.

David and Victoria Beckham in Mayfair, London.
David and Victoria Beckham in Mayfair, London (Fiona Hanson/PA)

"I was also privileged to play and live in Madrid, Milan and Paris with teammates from all around Europe and the world. Those great European cities and their passionate fans welcomed me and my family and gave us the opportunity to enjoy their unique and inspiring cultures and people."

In an Instagram post by the star on Tuesday - which received more that 135,000 likes in less than an hour - showing one of his earliest days on the pitch with Eric Cantona, he added: "I'm passionate about my country and whatever the result of Thursday's referendum, we will always be Great.

"We live in a vibrant and connected world where together as a people we are strong. For our children and their children we should be facing the problems of the world together and not alone.

"For these reasons I am voting to Remain."