Former England midfielder David Beckham has admitted that he had second thoughts about his decision to retire from football, and concedes that he would still love to be playing for his country now.
The 38-year-old hung up his boots last season after a short spell with Paris Saint-Germain and remains England's most capped outfield player after appearing 115 times for the national side.
Beckham retains a deep passion for the game, and says that he 'thought' rather than 'knew' it was time to retire.
He told Telegraph Sport: "A decision like that, I was always going to second guess myself.
"I was always going to question whether I was going to make the right decision or not.
"But I think you always do that as an athlete, you always feel like you can play on when you can't. That's the passion behind the athlete."
The former Manchester United and Real Madrid player bowed out on a high, helping PSG win the Ligue 1 title in May during a tearful last game with the club.
He also believes that England's future is bright with Roy Hodgson at the helm, and said: "I get excited for the England games, I would still love to be out there playing for my country.
"There is a transitional period. It's a new manager for England. Roy Hodgson has come in and I think he has done a good job. He has a lot of very young players coming into the team and that is great for the future."