Manchester United legend David Beckham has paid tribute to Stoke City striker Michael Owen after he announced his retirement plans this week.

While Beckham insists he is not thinking of retirement, the PSG ace did speak of his former team-mate's career in glowing terms.

Beckham, who is in China on a four-day visit to promote football, said: "I am not going to retire yet but obviously Michael has had an amazing career.

"He is a legend in our country for the things he has done on the field.

"I wish him luck. He has obviously become a friend of mine over the years. He has got an amazing family and an amazing wife and children.

"He has had a great career and scored amazing goals, not just for England but for the teams he has played for."