LOS ANGELES(CBS/AP) — David Beckham’s English national team career will be honored at the team’s final warmup for the European Championship, with the former captain receiving a UEFA award for players who have made more than 100 international appearances.
The Football Association told The Associated Press that the Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder, who made the last of his 115 England appearances in 2009, will receive a commemorative cap and medal at halftime of the June 2 match against Belgium.
The award also will be presented to 1966 World Cup-winning striker Bobby Charlton, who played 106 times, and retired goalkeeper Peter Shilton, who made a record 125 appearances.
“Throughout my career I’ve been pretty successful,” Beckham said last week. “I’ve played for some pretty big teams. I’ve played for my country quite a few times and for managers without sentiment … I’m very proud of the fact and I have always found it an honor that people want to buy my shirt, that fans turn up to watch the team I am playing in or to see myself. I’ve always found that a huge honor.”
Family members of 1966 World Cup captain Bobby Moore and Billy Wright, a defender in the 1940s and `50s, will receive the award from FA chairman David Bernstein.
Beckham, 36, has also made the latest cut to represent Britain for this summer’s London Olympics.
Head coach Stuart Pearce has to choose 18 players in June from the 80-player pool.