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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.

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