David Beckham not selected for London 2012 football squad
David Beckham has not been selected for the Great Britain Olympic football squad.
The 37-year-old former England skipper said in May he thought he had a
of playing at London 2012.
He said: "Naturally I am very disappointed, but there will be no bigger supporter of the team than me.
"I would have been honoured to have been part of this unique Team GB squad. Like everyone, I will be hoping they can win the gold."
Beckham made manager Stuart Pearce's
shortlist of 35 players
but was overlooked for the final 18-man squad as one of three players over the age of 23 allowed to compete in the Olympics.
Phil McNultyChief football writer, BBC Sport
"David Beckham will receive widespread sympathy after his omission from the Team GB football squad - but if his inclusion was only going to be based on sentiment or as a gesture of thanks for bringing the games to London then Stuart Pearce is right to exclude him.
Pearce, however, is sure to feel a weight of criticism for his treatment of the enduringly popular Beckham for such a global event and many will believe his absence will damage the tournament. On purely football grounds, however, it is a decision based on sound logic.
It was always going to be tough for the 37-year-old to be one of the three over-age players when he has been playing for LA Galaxy while Ryan Giggs, Micah Richards and Craig Bellamy have been featuring in the Premier League."
And Beckham's former England team-mate Danny Mills, who played under Pearce at Manchester City, told BBC Sport: "There's always an issue around the Beckham brand. We know how big he is - he's global, he's huge. But when it comes to football reasons, David Beckham can still do a job.
"I think he would have been a great spectacle and I think it's a bit of shame he's not in there.
"Stuart Pearce doesn't always like confrontation and he's struggled with big players in the past. Maybe he's thinking that what Beckham brings with him is too much to handle."
The British Olympic Association said it had not received the final 18-man squad from the Football Association.
A statement read: "We are expecting the list no later than the early part of next week."
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