David Beckham 'very disappointed' to miss out on Olympics squad

David Beckham held the Olympic torch during a ceremony to mark its arrival in Britain. Photo: PA

David Beckham has not been picked for the British Olympic football squad, the player revealed today.

The 37-year-old Olympic ambassador 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.

City's Micah Richards (right) and United's Ryan Giggs battle for the ball during a 2010 Manchester derby. Credit: PA

Beckham said in a statement: "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."

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Never thought for a second that David Beckham would be excluded from GB's team. Then again Stuart Pearce has always been his own man

Beckham is understood to have been told by Pearce that he had chosen to pick Richards instead because he wanted stronger defensive options.

David Beckham, left, and Stuart Pearce, second right, train together as part of a 1997 England squad. Credit: Matthew Ashton/EMPICS Sport