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No place in Olympic squad for David Beckham


David Beckham

David Beckham

Stephen Dunn

David Beckham

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."

Belfast Telegraph