Gary Lineker has tipped David Beckham for a punditry role on Match of the Day, after choosing the former England captain as the man he wants to replace Alan Hansen, reports the Daily Mirror.

With the 58-year-old set to retire from the BBC sofa after the World Cup in Brazil next summer, the flagship show's host has spoken out on who his number one choice of successor would be.

"I'd love to get David Beckham but I think he has made it pretty clear where his career lies!" Lineker is reported to have told The Sun.

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

Hansen will leave Match of the Day after 22 years in the role, paving way for the BBC to freshen up their approach to in-depth analysis of the Premier League.

With Mark Lawrenson and Alan Shearer regular attendees, the addition of Beckham would certainly make the programme easier on the eye, if not necessarily improving on the current in-game examination.

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

Of course, the reality is that Beckham's role as a Sky Television ambassador means a move to the BBC is out of the question, especially given that he's being paid over £4million a year to promote the channel by appearing in their adverts.

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