Keown wrote in the Daily Mail: "If a young English player had put in a good performance against the best midfield in the world, we would be raving about him, purring about his future in an England shirt.
"Beckham creates so much time on the ball and is extremely calm in possession. He plays difficult passes and makes them look easy. He reminds me of Tiger Woods playing an approach shot the way he feathers the ball to his team-mates.
"For someone who is 37 years old to pass the ball that well in the company of Xavi and Andres Iniesta is impressive. Yes, Blaise Matuidi alongside Beckham in central midfield had to work hard but Beckham’s lack of pace is made up for by the fact that he rarely gives the ball away."