London 2012: David Beckham says chances of playing are good

David Beckham says he has "a good chance" of being picked for Team GB at London 2012.

The ex-England captain told BBC Sport he wants to be picked on merit and insists he is in "good form".

But Beckham, 37, has no plans to retire, regardless of whether Team GB win a medal at the Olympic Games.

Beckham said: "I think I've got a good chance. Being involved in the Olympics and being part of the team would be huge."

The midfielder believes his recent form for LA Galaxy has given him a good chance of being one of three permitted over-aged players in Stuart Pearce's London 2012 squad when the former Manchester City manager names his 18-man Team GB party later this month.

"You don't play for a Manchester United team managed by Sir Alex Ferguson or an England or Real Madrid team managed by Fabio Capello and get picked on sentiment," said Beckham.

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"I've been picked to play in many games over my career because of what I've achieved on the field and that doesn't change.

"I'm in good form, I've scored a couple of goals lately and I'm feeling fit and working hard.

"So yes, if I'm called upon of course I'm ready. I've always said I wanted to represent my country in any way, shape or form.

"I've done that for many years with England, and I hope to do that with the Great Britain team."

Beckham turned 37 earlier this month but says he has no plans to retire, and doubts whether he will go into management when he does eventually stop playing.

He added: "I'm 37 years old and if I was to be successful [this summer] and make the team, then we'll see.

"But I enjoy the game too much to stop. I'd never say never [to being a manager]. I don't think I will but you never know."

Beckham joined London 2012 officials at the handover ceremony in Athens to bring the Olympic torch back to Britain.

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He said he is excited that the Olympics are taking place in London but played down suggestions he would be a popular choice to light the Olympic flame at the opening ceremony on 27 July.

"There are a lot more deserving people that myself," added Beckham. "Whatever happens, it's a proud moment for myself as an East End boy. To have the Games in that part of London is a very proud moment."

Meanwhile, Beckham has described Roy Hodgson's decision to recruit his friend and former United team-mate Gary Neville to the England coaching staff as "clever".

And he had words of comfort for former United team-mate Rio Ferdinand following the defender's omission from England's Euro 2012 squad.

"God help us! Roy's a brave man taking Gary to Euro 2012," joked Beckham.

"Seriously, I think it's a clever move by Roy to bring him in because he has very good experience in tournaments.

"As for Rio, he's one of the best defenders in country and the world, has been exceptional for United for many years.

"I can't imagine how disappointed he must be feeling, but Roy Hodgson obviously believes he has the right team."