England legend David Beckham dragged Schmeichel into Brexit debate: 'Why I voted Remain!'

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The former Man United star was spotted in the Wembley crowd on Wednesday alongside Paul Gascoigne. The pair cheered on the Three Lions during their heroic 2-1 win over Denmark in the Euro 2020 semi-final. But Beckham, who was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2008, previously claimed it was his foreign teammates who should be credited with much of his own success.

Days before Britons voted in the 2016 EU Referendum, Beckham said his experience playing across Europe instilled in him the importance of a “vibrant and connected world”.

He said the heart of the Red Devil’s title-winning teams in the Nineties may have been English, but they would not have achieved so much without the input of players from elsewhere in Europe.

He added: “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.

“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.

“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.”

Victoria Beckham said she shared her husband’s views and attacked the Leave.EU campaign after it posted a message on Twitter suggesting she believed EU bureaucrats were “destroying” the UK’s “national identity and individuality”.

Writing on Instagram, she said they were “trying to put a spin on quotes made 20 years ago about keeping or losing the pound” which she said had nothing to do with leaving the EU.

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“Well done boys and well done to the incredible fans in the stadium and around the country. What a night.”

England legend Wayne Rooney also chipped in, sharing an image of himself alongside his family in attendance at Wembley– along with a caption saying “What a night”.

All eyes are now cast ahead to Sunday’s final against Italy, which will be shown on both the BBC and ITV at 8pm.



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