David Beckham “smells terrific” even after a sweaty 90 minutes of football according to former Middlesbrough defender David Wheater.
Wheater has also admitted that he does not know how the former England international was able to smell so good and that he tried to match his aroma when they were on England duty together.
The ex-Bolton Wanderers defender was called up to the Three Lions squad in 2008 by Fabio Capello for friendlies against the USA and Trinidad and Tobago but was an unused sub in both matches.
Former Manchester United and Real Madrid star Beckham won his 102nd England cap as he captained the side to a 3-0 win over Trinidad in the second match.
Appearing on the Undr The Cosh Podcast in September, Wheater discussed Beckham and said: “He just smells terrific. I don’t know how he does it.
“I’ve tried spraying myself before a game and I’ve come off stinking. But he just smells nice, looks nice, quite quiet but it helped me.
“Woodgate was there and obviously I know Woody. He was at Real Madrid with Becks so they were together, then me and Stewie.”
He went on to add when he realised how much of a star Beckham was compared to the rest of the squad as he revealed: “Me and Rio were out sunbathing for two hours then Becks came out and he just got mobbed.”
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Wheater, who is without a club since leaving Oldham Athletic in March, also told the story of how he was rinsed by his England teammates in the dressing room.
“I got out the showers, I’m spraying my aftershave and the lads started laughing at me,” he explained.
“I’m like ‘what you laughing at?’ and they’ve gone ‘well you’re spraying David Beckham aftershave’.
“I’d just got a David Beckham gift set for Christmas and now he’s five yards away from me while I’m spraying it.
“Put £25 in his back pocket, didn’t I.”
Despite winning 11 caps for England at under-21 level, Wheater never made a senior international appearance for the Three Lions, whereas Beckham has the third highest caps for England with 115.