05/29/2012 08:27 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

David Beckham 'Elle UK' Cover Is Appropriately Swoonworthy (PHOTOS)

Try as we might to get back into the swing of things after our holiday weekend, we're a little distracted this morning. By our sunburns, sure, but mostly by the new David Beckham Elle UK cover.

Elle UK teased us with a preview video earlier this month -- where we first learned a swimming pool and a dripping wet Becks would be involved -- and finally, we have the real deal.

There are actually two different covers for the magazine's July 2012 issue: the one sent out to subscribers features the hunky soccer player shucking his shirt and stepping out of a pool in dark jeans and not much else. A tamer one, which will hit newsstands, features a more casual, t-shirted Becks.

We'll pore over the actual interview when we get the mag, but for now, we'll settle for this Becks quote: "How would I sum myself up? I don’t know, I prefer other people to do that... erm... a little bit shy."

While David's wife Victoria covered the magazine back in 2005, this is Elle UK's first ever solo male cover -- and we have to say, it's an excellent choice.

Check out the newsstand cover below -- we've been studying it very closely all morning ourselves. You know, in the name of journalism.

david beckham elle cover

See some of Becks' sillier looks below!

David Beckham's Silliest Looks

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