Gary Lineker wants David Beckham on Match of the Day

Gary Lineker would love David Beckham to replace retiring Alan Hansen as a pundit on 'Match of the Day'

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Gary Lineker wants David Beckham to replace Alan Hansen on 'Match of the Day'.

The 52-year-old presenter would love the former England international to take over from the retiring pundit but admits it is unlikely the ex-Manchester United player - who has an underwear range and has previously revealed he would love to start a football franchise in the US - would join the BBC One show.

He told The Sun newspaper: "I'd love to get David Beckham but I think he has made it pretty clear where his career lies.

"With Alan about to retire, there is a space for the next big star of punditry - and hopefully we will find him.

"We are trying lots of different faces and might continue to mix it up more but who knows?"

While Gary - whose wife Danielle Bux recently starred in 'Silent Witness' - has appeared in several adverts for Walkers crisps and made cameos in movies including comedy 'The Magnificent Eleven', he doesn't think he is destined for an acting career in soaps.

He previously told BANG Showbiz: "I've had very small tiny cameos in two or three movies, but nothing in any soaps like that. My acting abilities in the Walkers' adverts is obviously not shining through enough to get offered but for any particularly good part. "I don't think I could do 'Coronation Street'. My wife's the actor of the family and she's working hard at it, but it just makes me realise how hard that job is and how it's time consuming doing something that I think is probably over my limit."

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