Tom reckons David would make a great leading man

At the age of 36, David Beckham knows he’ll have to hang up his football boots at some point – but pal Tom Cruise already has a new career lined up for him – acting.

Tom, 49, says he’d be thrilled to star opposite the sportsman in a Hollywood blockbuster.

‘I’d love to do action movies with Beckham,’ Tom tells the Daily Mirror.

‘He would be great, he could kick ass.’

But it looks like David – who’s had cameos in football flicks Goal! and Goal II – is unlikely to take Tom up on his offer.

The dad of 4 admits he’s not talented enough to make it on the silver screen.

‘I’ve had some offers but I’m not interested,’ says David, 35.

‘I’m a terrible actor, I did a bit in Goal! playing myself and I looked rigid.’

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Anna Duff