David Beckham has had a phenomenal career.
Few players in the history of the game have starred for the three biggest clubs in the three biggest leagues in the world and played in three World Cups. He even took his global appeal across the Atlantic in an attempt to raise the profile of a game which can only grow in the United States.
But, at the age of 34, having sustained an injury which will keep him out of action for a minimum of six months, surely his time at the highest level is up.
Beckham’s appearance at the forthcoming World Cup would have been a record-breaking fourth but was more in the capacity of ambassador than player.
Beckham can still put in a deadly cross or free kick and has always been a workhorse, but with Lennon, Wright-Phillips, Walcott and Joe Cole waiting in the wings for England, he was not indispensable.
His 115 caps for England make him a legend and, although his experience at World Cups have been turbulent to say the least, his achievements, namely single-handedly dragging his country to the 2002 World Cup with a ferocious last gasp free kick against Greece, should not be overlooked.
However, this fantastic career at the highest level is over and Beckham should have the humility to finally admit it by quitting the international fold. Two solid seasons at LA Galaxy are still not beyond him but Beckham, as we know it, is over.