David Beckham has revealed that he has failed to make the cut for the Team GB Olympic football squad.
It was widely expected that the former England captain, who played a central role in London's bid to stage the Olympics, would be selected.
The LA Galaxy player was named in coach Stuart Pearce's preliminary 35-man squad, but missed out when the squad was cut to 18 players.
In a statement, Beckham said: "Everyone knows how much playing for my country has always meant to me. So I would have been honored to have been part of this unique Team GB squad."
The 37-year-old added: "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."