David and Victoria Beckham are "delighted" after announcing they are expecting their fourth child this summer.
The couple are in the UK, and today the former England football captain is expected to go to the training ground of Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur, where he will train until February.
Beckham announced his family's joy at Victoria's pregnancy on his Facebook page.
He wrote: "I've got some great news to tell you all. Victoria and I are expecting our fourth child this summer. The boys are very excited about the arrival of a new brother or sister."
A spokeswoman for the former Spice Girl confirmed the couple were "naturally delighted" to be expecting a new brother or sister for their three sons -- Brooklyn (11), Romeo (8), and Cruz (5) -- but declined to give a more specific due date or confirm how far the pregnancy was advanced.
In an interview for the February issue of Vogue, Victoria (36) hinted at having more children but said it was unlikely the couple would have a girl.
She told the magazine: "Maybe one day another baby, but at this stage I think the chances of a girl are quite slim."
Congratulating the couple, Simon Fuller, David and Victoria Beckham's manager and long-term business partner, said: "I'm absolutely thrilled for them.
"Family means everything to David and Victoria and this is simply the best news they and the boys could have wished for at the start of 2011."
The announcement was made after weeks of speculation that the Beckhams may soon return to Britain from the US.
Former Manchester United midfielder David (35) has been linked with a loan move to Tottenham Hotspur, but there was confusion yesterday over whether the transfer was still a possibility.