David Beckham: I am backing Remain for our children
Football legend comes out in support of staying in the EU
David Beckham today announced that he is voting Remain in the EU referendum on Thursday.
The football megastar said: "For our children and their children we should be facing the problems of the world together and not alone."
Ex-Manchester United ace Beckham said his trophy-laden years at Old Trafford were built on co-operation between British and European team-mates.
He said: "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."
The multi-millionaire sporting icon added: "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.
"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."
Justice Secretary Michael Gove pointed out that the Brexit campaign had the support of another ex-England captain when he heard about Beckham's comments.
"Sol Campbell is for Leave, as indeed, I think, is John Barnes. As a QPR fan I know what it's like to support the underdog," the Conservative minister said.
Remain campaigners will hope that Beckham's endorsement just 48 hours before Britain goes to the polls will persuade his legion of fans to reject Brexit.
However, Leave campaigners responded to the former England captain's comments by tweeting seemingly anti-EU comments made by Victoria Beckham in 1996.
She has since hit back with an Instagram post stating her comments do not extend to the current EU referendum.
In response to the @leave.eu campaign who have today tried to put a spin on quotes made 20 years ago about keeping or losing the pound, I have to say strongly my comments were not about this referendum and should not be misused in this way! I believe in my country, I believe in a future for my children where we are stronger together and I support the #remain campaign. @strongerineurope
Hollywood stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Jude Law were among 300 artists and celebrities who endorsed the pro-EU campaign last month.