Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Alan Green: Give Beckham GB armband at Olympics, for all it’s worth

I laughed when I heard that David Beckham wants to captain the Great Britain Olympic team this summer. I thought he wasn’t even certain of a place in the squad yet.

Mind you, I never fail to be amazed at how highly Beckham is thought of. I’d love to know the identity of the “1 or 2 Premier League clubs” he claimed were interested in signing him. Their shirt sales must need a boost. And it’s surely only a commercial interest that triggered the approach from Paris Saint-Germain.

No, Beckham, who’ll be 37 in May, took the right course in signing on for another two years at LA Galaxy who play in that League One equivalent, Major (sic) League Soccer.

That’s about his level these days and, in my view, he was only ever ‘World Class’ in terms of his undoubted economic value.

That the California club is ‘dependent’ on Beckham is emphasised by the fact that they are happy for him to disappear to the Olympics in the middle of their league season.

So, why not make him GB captain? It’s only for publicity anyway.

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