David Beckham wants to captain GB at 2012 Olympics

David Beckham has revealed his desire to captain the Great Britain football team at the 2012 Olympics.

Beckham signed a new contract with LA Galaxy earlier this week and part of the deal was that the MLS side will allow him to play in the London Games.

"I would love to be captain," the 36-year-old said. "I have led my country before and know how special it would be to lead them into the Olympics.

"I've had conversations with [coach] Stuart Pearce, but not been selected."

Beckham was a key member of the bid team that helped London secure the Games in Singapore in 2005. And he is one of 184 players contacted by the Football Association to have indicated their availability for the Olympic football team .

"I would love to be part of Team GB," he said, before thanking Tim Leiweke, president of LA Galaxy owners AEG, and Galaxy coach Bruce Arena for agreeing to give him time away from the MLS.

Beckham's clubs

  • Manchester United 1992-2003
  • Preston (loan) 1995
  • Real Madrid 2003-2007
  • LA Galaxy 2007-
  • AC Milan (loan) 2009 & 2010

Speaking to Google, Beckham also said he hopes he can keep playing professional football beyond the end of his new LA Galaxy contract in 2014.

The former England captain, who turns 37 in May, signed a two-year extension with the MLS side on Wednesday.

"I still feel young and I will continue to play as long as I can. I love it," he said.

"I enjoy training, I enjoy games, I enjoy being part of a team. My new contract will take me up to almost 39 and then we will see."

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid player turned down the chance to move to French side Paris Saint-Germain to continue his career in the United States.

Beckham said that as well as interest from PSG, "one or two" unnamed Premier League clubs had offered him the chance to return to England for the first time since his final competitive game for Manchester United in May 2003.

"I think people expected me to either move away or retire at the end of my old LA deal," admitted Beckham.