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David Beckham left out of Great Britain squad for Olympic Games

Stuart Pearce has chosen Manchester City defender Micah Richards as his third, and last, overage player. Ryan Giggs and Craig Bellamy are the others.

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DAVID BECKHAM HAS been left out of the Great Britain squad for the upcoming Olympic Games.

It had been reported that the 37-year-old would be picked as one of Stuart Pearce’s three overage players for London 2012, along with Craig Bellamy and Ryan Giggs, but the team’s coach has opted for Micah Richards of Manchester City instead.

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. 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.”

LA Galaxy midfielder Beckham had been expected to feature in Great Britain side at Wembley and Old Trafford, where he used to play for Manchester United in his heyday.

He had reportedly been watched by Pearce last week while playing for the MLS side.

Beckham is expected to have a role at the Olympics regardless, and is earmarked to take some part in the opening ceremony.

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