Former England international and Manchester United footballer, David Beckham, has set his sights on a new playing field as he confesses to have caught the acting bug. After a non speaking cameo in pal, Guy Ritchie's recent summer release – The Man From UNCLE – Beckham has confirmed that he has landed a slightly larger role in Ritchie's next project – Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur.

"I am very aware that many sportsmen and other celebrities have turned their hand to acting and failed," he told the Times. "I know that it is a tough profession, where you need a huge amount of skill and discipline, and I wouldn't want to push myself forward too soon, without learning more about it, and doing a lot more practice. But what I have done so far, I have loved. I can deal with most things. I am a well-known person, so I have got used to criticism."

Beckham is clearly braced for the inevitable nay-sayers and critics but seems to be taking the challenges of his new vocation in his stride. The support of such an acclaimed director can't hurt, but he has been putting in the hard work to make sure he delivers a top performance. Speaking of his role as 'Grumpy Knight' in the upcoming film he said: "I had 13 lines and practised a huge amount beforehand. Guy had someone come and rehearse with me, and I did that an hour every day in the build-up." Ritchie famously cast former football-pro Vinnie Jones in his hit films Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch. 

David Beckham has also got caught up in the James Bond frenzy, as fans speculate about who will  fill the perfectly buffed bespoke shoes of 007, a social media campaign has been launched pitching the 40-year-old Brit for the part. With seasoned actors like Idris Elba, Tom Hardy and Damien Lewis an the top of the list, Beckham has a lot of practice to do before he's drafted in the premiere league of Hollywood.