Lineker: It’s tantamount to a semi-retirement for Beckham

He told BBC Five Live: “It’s tantamount to a semi-retirement isn’t it?

“I did a similar thing when going to Japan at the end of my career: it was an interesting experience introducing football to the Japanese and earning a few quid in the process.

“Beckham’s played for two of the biggest clubs in the world but it was clear his time was up at Real Madrid and time to move on, and where do you go?

“It’s a step down wherever you go, so you might as well experience something different, something new and you can understand why Los Angeles might appeal to the Beckhams.”