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In pictures: Beckham as England skipper

David Beckham's first game as captain was in 2000 against Italy

Stand-in England manager Peter Taylor made David Beckham captain when England played Italy in 2000

Beckham celebrates clinching England's 2002 World Cup spot

Beckham's late equaliser against Greece in 2001 was a dramatic goal and booked a World Cup spot

Beckham's heroics as England captain won him Sports Personality of the Year

The then Manchester United midfielder was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2001

Beckham with Mohican

Beckham's Mohican for England's friendly with Mexico got everyone talking about his fashion sense

Beckham has mingled with many of the world's most famous people

Beckham, now with his hair braided, met Nelson Mandela when on England duty in South Africa

Beckham scored the winner from the penalty spot against Argentina

Beckham scored the winner from the penalty spot against Argentina in the 2002 World Cup

Beckham and Alpay go head to head

Beckham clashed with Aston Villa's Alpay when England played Turkey in 2003

David Beckham after receiving his honour at Buckingham Palace

Beckham was awarded an OBE for services to football in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in 2003

Here Beckham flies the flag as England head off to Germany

Here Beckham flies the flag as England head off to Germany

Rooney and Beckham board the plane with Sven-Goran Eriksson

With Wayne Rooney and David Beckham in his team, Sven-Goran Eriksson had reason to be optimistic

A distraught Beckham looks on as England struggle

Beckham's injury shortly after half-time was just the start of England's troubles during their clash with Portugal

Beckham and Eriksson show their emotions as England's hopes are dashed

The end of an era: captain Beckham and coach Eriksson head for the exit

Beckham announces his resignation as captain

The day after England exit the competition Beckham announces he is to resign as England captain



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