From the back pages, May 17: David Beckham was one of best and most significant footballers of his generation

From the back pages
From the back pages

The most common reaction to news of David Beckham’s retirement this afternoon has been affected surprise because of a widespread belief that he actually retired several years ago – ha, ha – but such cynicism is unlikely to last too long. Strip away the celebrity circus that surrounded him and Beckham should be regarded as one of the best footballers this island has produced in the Premier League era, and certainly the most significant. (The Times)

Gus Poyet has been suspended by Brighton after an alleged breach of contract. The Uruguayan led the Seagulls into the Championship play-offs, but lost their semi-final to bitter rivals Crystal Palace on Monday night. Poyet had been linked with a move away from the Amex Stadium this summer with Everton and Fulham among the interested clubs, it now looks like he will leave the club. (Daily Mail)

Frank Lampard has signed a new one-year contract with Chelsea. After a season of uncertainty over the midfielder’s future, the Blues confirmed on Thursday that the England midfielder will remain at Stamford Bridge next season. (The Guardian)

Jose Mourinho will be handed a £100million war chest this summer, according to Rafa Benitez. The Special One is all set for an emotional return to Chelsea this summer as Benitez’s replacement. (The Sun)

Roy Hodgson has announced his England squad for the end-of-season friendlies against Republic of Island and Brazil, with Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy receiving his senior first call-up. (The Mirror)

England retreated on a ponderous first day of the Investec Test series to extreme risk avoidance against New Zealand at Lord’s. The consequence by stumps - a total of 160 for four in 80 overs, including 30 maidens - had much to do with the Kiwis’ disciplined bowling, and a surface which encouraged a bat-and-ball stalemate. (The Independent)

Manchester City are set to be knocked back in their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund winger Jakub Blaszczykowski. (Express)