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David Beckham rejects idea he should light Olympic flame

David Beckham has rejected the idea that he should light the Olympic flame at the London 2012 Opening Ceremony.

Following his exclusion from the GB football squad, there had been speculation that he would be given that honour - but Beckham appears to have ruled that out.

He says that lighting the torch in the stadium is something "that should be done by an Olympian. An Olympian that has done incredible things for our country and won gold medals."

The flame looks set to be lit instead by either five-time rowing gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave or twice decathlon champion Daley Thompson.

The British Olympic Association are reported to favour Redgrave, who won gold at consecutive Games between Los Angeles 1984 and Sydney 2000 and was knighted the following year.

Thompson won gold in 1980 and 1984, the only man other than American Bob Mathias to win decathlon gold on two occasions.