London: Former captain of the English football team David Beckham expressed his support yesterday for the 'No' vote on the independence of Scotland and asked Scots not to leave a link with Britain that is "the envy of the entire world."

David Beckham
David Beckham 

In an open letter released yesterday by the 'Let's Stay Together' anti-independence campaign group, the former Real Madrid player said he was proud to have represented Britain as part of the team that secured the 2012 Olympics Games for London.

Beckham underlined his satisfaction at having been England's captain, noting that he felt that same "passion" when he was appointed to represent Britain in the Olympics Games.

"We worked together to bring the greatest sporting event of them all to our nation and I was thrilled to watch us competing together against the world," added Beckham, who emphasised his satisfaction at seeing Scottish athletes like Chris Hoy (cycling) and Andy Murray (tennis) win the gold medals at London 2012 Olympics Games.

Beckham said: "What unites us is much greater than what divides us. Let's stay together." A referendum on whether Scotland should be an independent country is set to take place on September 18.