Beckham left out of Olympic squad
David Beckham has been left out of the Team GB squad for London 2012
David Beckham has not been picked for the British Olympic football squad, the player has revealed.
The 37-year-old had hoped to be named as one of three over-age players but has not been selected by Olympic team coach Stuart Pearce. It is understood Ryan Giggs, Craig Bellamy and Micah Richards will be the three over-age players confirmed by Pearce next week.
Beckham said in a statement released to the Press Association: "Everyone knows how much playing for my country has always meant to me, so I would have been honoured to have been part of this unique Team GB squad."
He added: "Naturally I am very disappointed, but there will be no bigger supporter of the team than me. And like everyone, I will be hoping they can win the gold.
"As a Londoner I was really proud to have played a small part in bringing the Olympics to my home town as part of Seb's [Coe] team and I can't wait for the Games to begin and will enjoy every moment along with the rest of Great Britain."
Beckham is understood to have been told by Pearce that he had chosen to pick Richards instead because he wanted stronger defensive options.
The former England midfielder had been on the 35-man shortlist and Pearce had flown out to the United States to watch him in action for the Los Angeles Galaxy. The player could also point out that he would have at least been match-fit while all the other players would be entering the tournament after the summer break.
Giggs and Bellamy were widely expected to be included but the call-up of Richards is also as much of a surprise as the Manchester City defender being left out of England's Euro 2012 squad - after which he refused to go on standby for the European Championship.
Other under-23 players who are almost certain to be confirmed by Pearce include Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey and Tottenham's Gareth Bale.
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As a Scotsman and someone who has no real concern about the GB football team or David Beckham i think this is a real mistake by Pearce. The British public I am sure would have wanted to see Beckham and I think in the integrity of sportmanship Beckham should have been rewarded for his help in bringing the games to London. Beckham is also a great ambassador for the UK which i think is sometimes lost on many people. Pearce I believe was the wrong man selected ... again team GB should have selcted someone who is recognised as having a fanatstic standing in the sport ... Sir Alex, Keegan, etc .... a real pity but thats life!
I think this decision to exclude David Beckham is a total disgrace and an insult to a man who has done whatever was called of him to play for England and promote sport in whichever countries he visited and/or played for. He still plays at a relatively high level, (not premiership exactly), but good, and he played a large part in securing the games for London as part of Seb Coe's team. He is an AMBASSADOR for sport and promotes it through the youth of this and other countries.
There is NO VALID REASON to exclude him, and Stuart Pearce should be ashamed of himself!
2. David Beckham has given everything to the cause for seven years to this project. He has flown tens of thousands of mile, shook hands with every person needed to win the games, he has been an ambassador promoting the games and always conducted himself professionally. Obviously there wasn't a clause in the contract regarding playing but if you committed so much (Billy Stride) energy into organising a party then not getting an invite, wouldn't you feel a bit used?
3. I can't think of any cons having David Beckham in the Olympic Squad.
Well I wont be in any rush to get my tickets to watch them now! Seriously he will be a great miss for the team, nobody can pass a ball like Becks and we really could do with someone with his ability in the England team now. Wont Richards think its a bit beneath him to represent his country for team GB? I personally would have loved to have seen Becks in the team, he would have played his heart out and been an inspiration to a lot of the youngsters.
Definitely more pros than cons having him in the squad.