Beckham out of Olympic squad

David Beckham has been left out of the Great Britain Olympic football squad.

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Pearce told Beckham he wanted stronger defensive options for squad

David Beckham, left, and Stuart Pearce, second right, train together as part of a 1997 England squad.

David Beckham, 37, 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 is understood to have been told by Pearce that he had chosen to pick Richards instead because he wanted stronger defensive options.

David Beckham 'very disappointed' to miss out on Olympics

In a statement, David Beckham said:

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 will have been really proud to have played a small part in bringing the Olympics to my home town as part of Seb's team, and I can't wait for the games to begin and enjoy every moment along with the rest of Great Britain.

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Giggs and Bellamy in, Beckham out, say reports

Matt Dickinson, Chief Sports Correspondent at The Times, says Micah Richards, Ryan Giggs and Craig Bellamy will be part of the GB Olympic football squad from which David Beckham has been omitted.

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Reports: David Beckham left out of Team GB Olympic football squad

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

David Beckham has been left out of the Great Britain Olympic football squad, according to reports in The Times.

Team GB manager Stuart Pearce watched Beckham in Los Angeles last week but has gone against the expectations of the BOA, Locog and and the FA in omitting him from the side, the newspaper says.