LONDON (AP) — Former England captain David Beckham said Tuesday that he is voting for Britain to remain in the European Union in Thursday's referendum.
Declaring his support for the 28-nation union, Beckham highlighted how his successes with Manchester United owed much to European players and how welcoming he later found playing soccer for continental clubs.
"We live in a vibrant and connected world where together as a people we are strong," Beckham wrote on Facebook . "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."
By wading into the divisive national debate, the 41-year-old Beckham made a rare intervention in politics.
In his announcement, Beckham first set out how the bedrock of British talent was reinforced by overseas talent at United where he won the Premier League six times as well as the Champions League.
"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," Beckham said.
After leaving United in 2003, Beckham went on to play for Real Madrid, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain in Europe.
"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," Beckham said.
Beckham's wife Victoria, a former Spice Girl, also registered her backing for the EU by posting the symbol of the "Stonger In" campaign on her Instagram page.