David Beckham presents delighted Captain Sir Tom Moore with a framed football shirt during socially distanced visit... as the NHS hero
David Beckham presents delighted Captain Sir Tom Moore with a framed football shirt during socially distanced visit… as the NHS hero is elected honorary captain of Lionhearts squad
- Sir Tom, 100, has been elected the honorary captain of the Lionhearts squad
- The squad aims to pay tribute to individuals who have gone ‘above and beyond’
- Former England skipper Beckham, 45, visited the veteran to share the news
- Sir Tom won the hearts of the nation during the coronavirus crisis as he raised more than £39million of NHS Charities Together
- The Lionhearts squad nominations run until Sunday July 12
David Beckham has paid a visit to Captain Sir Tom Moore to award him with a frame football shirt as he is made honorary captain of the Lionhearts squad.
The National Health Service hero, 100, has been elected as the first member of the squad, which is made up of ‘inspiring individuals’ who helped during the crisis.
Three Lions icon Beckham, 45, who previously dubbed the veteran ‘truly inspiring’, arrived for a socially-distanced visit at Captain Sir Tom’s Berkshire home.
David Beckham poses for a picture holding a framed shirt for Captain Sir Tom Moore, who has been chosen to captain the England Lionhearts squad of everyday heroes
Captain Sir Tom won the hearts of the nation during the coronavirus crisis as he raised more than £39million of NHS Charities Together with his 100 laps around the garden bid.
After originally setting a target of £1,000, Captain Sir Tom smashed his target by millions after the whole globe got behind his fundraising bid.
Beckham, Lewis Hamilton and Geri Horner led the celebrity tributes to the WWII hero, as the veteran completed his charity walk in April earlier this year.
Beckham arrives to meet Captain Sir Tom Moore at his Berkshire home
Captain Sir Tom poses for a picture before he meets David Beckham
Beckham meets Captain Sir Tom and sits for a socially distanced visit at his home
Sharing a photo of Captain Sir Tom before the then total hit £14million, the former footballer wrote: ‘Truly inspiring. So amazing to see that @captaintommoore reached his goal of 100 laps around his garden whilst raising over £13million for the NHS.’
Once the nominations opened for the Football Association’s Lionhearts squad, votes poured in for Captain Sir Tom to be in the team, of which he has now been made captain.
The special squad will honour 23 individuals who have gone above and beyond during the COVID-19 pandemic. Captain Sir Tom is the first to be announced.
The England pennant which was presented to Captain Sir Tom Moore by Beckham (left) and the the framed England shirt (right) which was also awarded
Beckham spoke to Captain Sir Tom during the presentation which also included the veteran’s family
Due to the suspension of UEFA EURO 2020 amid the crisis, the FA’s focus has instead been drawn to building a squad of ‘true heroes’.
Former England skipper Beckham, who won 115 caps across a 13-year England career, was the fitting star to pass on the good news to Captain Sir Tom.
Although nominations for the squad run until Sunday 12 July, Captain Sir Tom was picked as a fitting symbol to lead the inspiring squad.
Beckham poses for a picture holding a framed shirt for Captain Sir Tom
Smartly-dressed Beckham poses for a picture holding a framed shirt for Captain Sir Tom Moore with his family
Captain Sir Tom told the FA: ‘I’m delighted to have been chosen to captain this incredibly special squad of Lionhearts.
‘It was wonderful to meet and learn more about the initiative from David and I’m looking forward to sharing the inspirational stories of my team – something the whole nation can be proud of.’
While Beckham, added: ‘It was such an honour to meet Captain Sir Tom, and to thank him on behalf of The FA for his incredible fundraising achievement to support our NHS. He really is a national hero and I can’t think of anyone more deserving to captain the Lionhearts squad.’
The two legends no doubt shared some interesting stories during the visit
The framed England shirt which was presented to Captain Sir Tom by Beckham
Captain Sir Tom and his family celebrated the special day at their home