Retire Not David Beckham backs record-breaking Rooney: Don't stop!

"Retire when you are ready". That is the message from former England captain David Beckham as he leapt to the defence of embattled skipper Wayne Rooney.

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"Retire when you are ready". That is the message from former England captain David Beckham as he leapt to the defence of embattled skipper Wayne Rooney.

Rooney is set to become England's most-capped outfield player when he makes his 116th appearance in Sunday's World Cup qualifier against Slovakia.

The 30-year-old will break Beckham's record amid calls for him to retire from international football as managers struggle to find his best position in the team.

However, Beckham used social media to offer his support for the Manchester United captain.

"So tonight Wayne becomes England's most capped outfield player," Beckham wrote via Instagram.

"I keep listening to people say Wayne should stop playing for his country to prolong his club career. Wayne should retire from playing for his country. Seriously... As a player you retire when you're ready.

"Representing your country is the highest level you can reach as a professional player, walking out in an England shirt at Wembley is one of the greatest feelings as a player you can ever have... Don't let anyone take that away from you.

"Every kid around the world that loves this game dreams of walking out in the national team colours and representing the country they love. Continue till you can't give anymore. Congratulations mate @manchesterunited @england."

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