The respective fortunes of the Beckham children are getting plenty of traction at the moment as all three boys, Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz, bid to make their way through the Arsenal ranks.
Following his retirement from playing, David Beckham has became the archetypal football dad, ferrying his three boys to and from training and matches and watches with interest as they attempt to follow in his footsteps
The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star, however, has not just been a spectator on the sidelines at Arsenal’s Hale End academy, but has been called into more serious action.
Return to action
Speaking to the Graham Norton show this week, Beckham revealed that he had to referee an Arsenal youth team match in which 12-year-old Romeo was playing, and did not allow his professionalism to slip.
“[Romeo] was playing in this game and the referee hadn’t turned up, so all the parents were looking at me,” Beckham said.
Article continues below
“So, I went onto the pitch and started refereeing the game. It was going great, they were winning 4-0 and then one of the opposition players went through to our goal.
“Romeo went to make a tackle and he missed the ball and took the player down, so it was an obvious penalty. And I’m thinking ‘oh no, I really don’t want to make this decision…but I knew I had to give the penalty.
“I gave the penalty and Romeo was looking at me - I could see his eyes were welling up and could see his bottom lip going. The kid stepped up and took the penalty and - thankfully - he missed it!
“As Romeo’s team was breaking he went past and said ‘I can’t believe you did that, dad’.”
Such is the nature of the interest in the Beckham family, this certainly will not be the last we hear about the travails and successes of his sons in the Arsenal youth system.
Romeo features for the under-13s while Brooklyn has been a regular for the under-16 side, although it is not clear whether or not the oldest of the Beckham boys will be retained by Arsenal moving forward.
By all accounts it is 10-year-old Cruz who has the most potential of the three and we, like all other football fans, will be hoping that at least one of them will be able to establish themselves in the professional game.
Are you excited about the Beckham boys following in the footsteps of their dad?