David Beckham in his underwear.
David Beckham in his underwear.

David Beckham laughs off underwear jibes

DAVID Beckham has laughed off suggestions he chose to set up a soccer team in Miami because he thought he would fit in there as he loves modelling underwear.

The 38-year-old star, who announced plans to launch his own team on Wednesday, laughed off suggestions he chose the Florida hotspot because he thought he would fit in easily with residents, who are "notorious" for showing off their bodies in barely there outfits.

Asked if he was attracted to the city because of his love of underwear, he told fans during a Google+ Hangout On Air chat: "Now you mention it... There's obviously been quite a lot of press of me in my underwear for the last few weeks, so that's been an interesting one. But no, Miami was definitely somewhere I was interested in bringing the team. For many reasons, for the passion of the people but also to start something fresh, to start something from the ground up, which would be something I'd be very proud of, something I'm looking forward to working on."

The retired player hasn't decided on a name for his team yet but insisted it wouldn't feature his nickname 'Golden Balls', which was given to him by his fashion designer wife, Victoria Beckham when they first started dating.

He said: "I want it to be right, I know how important a name is to the city and to the fans. We have a number of ideas. Someone actually said, 'Is it going to be Golden Balls FC' today, which it's definitely not. That was one of the names that was thrown at me today."

David also explained why he thinks his team will be successful and said: "I believe 100 per cent in the game getting bigger in this country. I know the Americans want to be number one in everything, that's what inspired me to own a team in this country. Soccer's not there yet but it will get there."