Beckham says that captaining England was his greatest pride, including in the 1-0 loss to Scotland in the Euro 2000 qualifier at Wembley:
I saw that same pride and passion in every Scottish player and fan whenever we played each other, it was a common bond that I have always related to and admired.
He recalls the UK’s Olympic bid:
I took as much satisfaction in seeing Sir Chris Hoy or Andy Murray win gold as I did watching Jess Ennis and Mo Farah do the same in the Olympic Stadium.
Sports are only part of what he says is a historic connection:
We want to let you know how very much we value our relationship and friendship. Of course regardless of your decision that will never change, however, my sincere hope is that you will vote to renew our historic bond which has been such a success over the centuries and the envy of the entire world. What unites us is much greater than what divides us. Let’s stay together.