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Last Updated: Sunday, 2 July 2006, 14:50 GMT 15:50 UK
Fans back Beckham quit decision
David Beckham reads his statement at a Sunday morning press conference
Beckham announces he is stepping down as England captain
The majority of supporters on the 606 message boards believe David Beckham is right to stand down as England captain.

The 31-year-old midfielder announced his decision after England were knocked out of the 2006 World Cup by Portugal.

Beckham also said that he would like to continue playing for the national side - a comment that has split 606 users.

Meanwhile, the debate has already begun on who new England boss Steve McClaren should appoint as the new captain.

BECKHAM IS RIGHT TO STAND DOWN

Biscuit WHU
Of course, he has made the right decision. He couldn't stay on and it will be interesting to see if he plays for England again.

606 VIEW
Stackman

Ryan
Beckham is a decent bloke and he showed great dignity in his speech but he isn't a captain - yesterday he was naturally disappointed at being subbed but he offered no words of encouragement to Aaron Lennon when he came on, a captain should be thinking about the team first.

taxi_driver
He has salvaged the tiniest scrap of respect from me by standing down as captain. I reluctantly thank him for his efforts as captain, he tried but was not good enough.

tripitaka66
It might sound a bit cruel but this could be the best decision that he ever made as captain. Nothing against him personally but we didn't gain from bringing the Beckham media circus centre stage.

On the positive side, if other players are prepared to commit to a similar degree of self searching and culpability then there could be good progress in the future.

Stackman
It's the best thing Beckham has done for England in the past four years.

mercadal
Beckham's a likeable lad but was a useless playing skipper, he drifted in and out of games and controlled nothing. On the other hand he was a good ambassador for us and may be able to continue being one.

LordTickles
It's about time he stepped down - for how many years have we put up with his below par performances? Ever since he went to Real Madrid?

It's just not good enough - we have to stop endorsing players based on their status as icons and start selecting the team/captain based on performance/ability to lead, otherwise we'll never get to the semi-finals, let alone the final and win the darn thing.

coldcurry4breakfast
His time has passed and it's time for changes to be made. However, let's not forget to acknowledge the enormous contribution he has made over the years - he's not the player he was, but we should thank him for the great moments he has given us in the past and for the brave and dignified way in which he announced his resignation.

BECKHAM SHOULD STAY ON AS CAPTAIN

Carol18
I donīt believe that Beckham should have resigned as captain of the team! But then it's not the first time that he is being made the scapegoat for all that's going wrong.

606 VIEW
andrea

AspullLatics66
I am sad to see Beckham stepping down - we should all help him, NOT get on his back just because we failed again to get further than the quarter-finals.

linda1955
It's sad that Beckham has decided to quit as England captain. Becoming captain was the making of him. He was once the young, sometimes volatile player we see in Rooney today, but since becoming captain he has showed a maturity to his game and undoubtable skills.

So many times I have watched him be the only player playing with a passion to win the game. A sad day.

andrea4thebrewers
I am devastated. Only he has shown the bulldog metal, playing on whilst sick, ill or injured. Tears in my household this morning. We are all shocked. It is a bad day for English football, but we will come back from this. WE HAVE TO!

BECKHAM SHOULD CONTINUE PLAYING FOR ENGLAND

Proud-English
I respect Beckham's decision and although a lot of people will disagree, I'm glad that he has decided to carry on playing for England.

606 VIEW
Sir_Josh

Luke_23a
Beckham will remain an integral part of the England team - he runs his heart out for the team and all the doubters will be begging him to be back in the side in six months if he was dropped.

stazbumpa
Beckham is a great player and people shouldn't berate him - I personally see no reason why he should be ruled out of any future national side.

automatic promotion_is_my_aim
Beckham is right not to retire from international football - he still has plenty to offer, as he has proved in this World Cup.

Sir_Josh
I find these cries of "drop Beckham" ludicrous. I hope he is still in the England squad for a few years yet.

BECKHAM SHOULD RETIRE FROM INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL

SuperIgorBiscanUsedToBeAtrocious
Other than a decent free-kick every once in a while, he isn't good enough for England, let alone the captaincy.

tommyoren
I think the only way England move on is if Beckham, Gary Neville and some other older players quit international football altogether.

606 VIEW
dean wilkins left peg

tom955i
Aaron Lennon in a couple of hours of international football has beaten more players and offered more down the right than Beckham in the last 5 years - there is no justification for him to ever play international football again.

David Hankey
Beckham doesn't need to play football, certainly doesn't need the money from it and is on the wrong side of 30 in footballing terms. McClaren needs to nurture youth and oust the prima donnas.

dean wilkins left peg
Yes he has been brilliant but you can't afford to be sentimental. He has gone missing over the last few years and I'm sorry but he has been distinctly average/poor in the World Cup.

theincrediblehaque
If England really want to play the kind of quick, flowing, attacking, short passing game we all want them to, then I'm afraid Beckham really has to go.

WHO NEXT FOR ENGLAND CAPTAIN?

ForeverBlowingHotAir On a European Adventure
Steven Gerrard is the perfect choice - I have great respect for John Terry and what he has done at Chelsea, but Gerrard has proved to be an inspirational leader when the team needs it most. The two Cup finals are evidence of this.

As a West Ham fan I was gutted at Cardiff but the man was unbelievable, let's see him do it for England.

richmed10
I've always preferred it to be a strong centre-back and England's defence looks really good. John Terry seems a natural choice for me.

606 VIEW
grahambrack

Proud_English
Its a very hard choice but Gerrard should be captain and Terry as vice-captain. They are both great leaders and very passionate.

md1
If it was based on performing on the international stage, Rio Ferdinand has led by example at the last two World Cups.

grahambrack
I'd pick Gerrard because I'm confident he'll be worth his place long-term.

lamps2006
For me it would have to be Terry or Wayne Rooney, look at what happened in 1998 with Beckham being sent off - less than two years later he is made England captain and calms his anger down, maybe after yesterday Rooney could do the same.

St. Sidwell
On the basis of yesterday's performance the only player who deserves to be captain is Hargreaves, but it won't be him so probably Ferdinand.



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