Caine scoffs at Sir Beckham
13:30 07 November 2006
Sir Michael Caine says soccer superstar David Beckham shouldn't be knighted.
The 73-year-old Oscar winner, who was honoured with a knighthood six years ago, thinks the ex-England captain - husband of former Spice Girl Victoria - is too young to be bestowed with the prestigious title.
He is quoted by Britain's Daily Express newspaper as saying: "I don't know about David Beckham being knighted. He's a bit young.
"I wasn't a Sir until I was 66, Sean Connery was 68 when he got his, Roger Moore was 75.
"How old is David? He's about 30 - well he should at least wait until he's 33 or 34. Get a bit mature!"
Last week, David's wife Victoria admitted she would love to believe the rumours that her husband is to be knighted by Queen Elizabeth, and thinks he would be a worthy recipient of the honour.
She said: "Seriously, David has done a lot for services to football for this country. He also helped a lot on the Olympic bid and it would be great."
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