One Direction heartthrob Liam Payne would consider becoming a David Beckham lookalike if the band were to go their separate ways.

The 20-year-old You & I hitmaker admits he's flattered by recent comments comparing him to the 39-year-old football ace.

Speaking to The Sun newspaper, Payne said: ''People have been saying that a lot recently. It's probably the most flattering thing anybody can say.

''Becks is pretty much a legend and a hero of all of ours and I do really admire his style. I don't think anyone can match him but I'll take it.

''If it all packs in, at least I'll have a job as a lookalike.''

However, Payne insists that he's not intentionally trying to look like Beckham, adding: ''The fans are always pointing it out on Twitter. I'm beginning to worry he'll think I'm a stalker.

''They make out like if he buys a red jumper, the next day I'm out in a red jumper. I just think the man is a legend.''