I have lived the dream, I am extremely proud to have worn the armband
and been captain of England and for that I will always be grateful.
─ David Beckham, 2 Jul 2006,
FIFA WC, Germany.
7 BECKHAM, DAVID
Date of birth: 2 May 1975
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 74 kg
Current Club: Real Madrid (ESP)
Int'l Goals: 17 (as of 1-Jul-2006)
Int'l Caps: 94 (as of 1-Jul-2006)
First Int'l Cap: Moldova v. England ( 1-Sep-1996)
With tears in his eyes, the former Manchester United player said:
"On 15 November 2000 Peter Taylor gave me the greatest honour of my career in making me the captain of England, fulfilling my childhood dream.
It has been an honour and a privilege to have captained our country and I wantto stress that I wish to continue to play for England and look forward tohelping both the new captain and Steve McClaren in any way I can."
"I came to this decision some time ago but I had hoped to announce it on the back of a successful World Cup. Sadly that wasn't to be.
"This decision has been the most difficult of my career to date. But after discussing it with my family and those closest to me I feel the time is right.
"Our performance during this World Cup has not been enough to progress further and both myself and all the players regret that and are hurt by that more than people realise.
"I wish to thank all the players for their support during my time as captain, as well as Peter Taylor, Sven and all the coaches.
"I would also like to thank the press and, of course, all the England supporters who have both been great to me and my team-mates. I want them to know for me it has been an absolute honour.
"Finally, I have lived the dream, I am extremely proud to have worn the armband and been captain of England and for that I will always be grateful."
2000年11月15日，Peter Taylor 賦予我足球生涯中最光榮的時刻，
以任何的形式從旁協助新隊長，以及 Steven McLaren。
同時也感謝 Peter Taylor、Sven 及所有的教練們。
Thank you David, for all your wonderful years of captaincy....