David Beckham is a legend for both Manchester United and the Three Lions of England team. David Beckham was the England skipper before he retired from international football. David Beckham played for the England u-18 and u-21 teams before making his debut for the senior team against Moldova in 1996. The Inter Miami co-owner played his first game for England during the 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifier with Moldova on September 1, 1996. He was also a member of the England team to the Tournoi de France friendly tournament held in France in June 1997 as a dress rehearsal for the 1998 FIFA World Cup tournament in France. David Beckham had played in all of the qualifying matches for the 1998 FIFA World Cup for his country but was left out of the first two group games after he was accused on a lack of focus by manager Glenn Hoddle. David Beckham returned to the starting XI for the third game against Colombia and he responded with a sumptuous free-kick goal. It was the first goal for Beckham in an England shirt.
Beckham then became a national villain after he fell to the theatrics from Diego Simeone of Argentina at the round of 16 stage. He was sent off after he reacted to a kick from Simeone. England went on to lose the round of 16 tie to Argentina on penalties after the two teams had played 1-1 at the end of extra time. He became the England national team skipper when interim manager Peter Taylor gave it to him on November 15, 2000 on the back of the resignation from Kevin Keegan as England manager in October 2020 and he was retained for the role when Swedish tactician Sven-Goran Eriksson. David Beckham was the England national team captain for almost six years before he stepped down from the role. In total, David Beckham scored 15 goals in 117 games for the England team while he was an active player.