‘Disappointed’ David Beckham left out of London 2012 Team GB men’s football squad

By Mancunian Matters Staff

Former Manchester United midfielder David Beckham has confirmed he has not been selected for Olympics this summer.

Beckham was expected to be captain and one of three over-age players in Stuart Pearce’s 18-man squad, alongside former teammate and current United star Ryan Giggs.

But the 37-year-old has confirmed that he is not going to London, with Pearce believed to have selected Manchester City’s Micah Richards, who he managed at club and under-21 level.

In a statement, the LA Galaxy player said: “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.

“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.”

Liverpool’s Craig Bellamy is also understood to have been picked as the third over-age player in the squad, which kicks off its campaign against Senegal at Old Trafford on Thursday, July 26.

The news will come as a blow to LOCOG and the British Olympic Association as they hoped Beckham’s presence would help sell the million plus football tickets still available.

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