David Beckham is bitten by the acting bug

It's official: David Beckham is looking for a career in Hollywood.

Guy Ritchie has taken the former Manchester United and England captain under his wing and has already cast him in two of his films.

And it looks like Beckham has been bitten by the acting bug.

Beckham told The Times: "I am very aware that many sportsmen and other celebrities have turned their hand to acting and failed."

He added: "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."

He had a small cameo in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Ritchie has given him a speaking part in Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur, which is due out next year.

Beckham continued: "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."

The 40-year-old announced his retirement from professional football in 2013 and despite an exciting acting career on the horizon, he still misses the game.

"I'd be lying if I said I didn't miss football. I still get these huge pangs of regret that I am not out there anymore.

"I still think that, if I put my mind to it, I would be able to go out there and perform again. I guess that I will still think that when I am 50."