Arsenal winger Walcott tribute to England teammate Beckham
England boss Fabio Capello stunned the nation, calling time on Beckham's career on Wednesday night without even telling the player face to face.
But Arsenal winger Walcott, 21, said: "David is one of those guys I have so much respect for and any young player growing up should look at him.
"He is one of the perfect professionals in the game.
"He's a fantastic, experienced player with so many caps and it's great he wants to pass on his knowledge to help players coming through."
Walcott, was shocked to hear Becks' international career is at an end because, at 35, Capello thinks he is over the hill.
He added: "David has been that special player who has always been there for me.
"The amount of e-mails he has sent and phone calls he has made to me throughout the summer has been fantastic. His words were very supportive.
"Every time I go away with England, I always sit next to him for dinners.
"And I have kept my e-mails just to wind up my sister, who is quite jealous Becks was in regular touch with me!"