After being a member of the bid team, being an ambassador for the games and after collecting the flame from Greece on behalf of Britain David Beckham has been left out of the GB soccer squad Olympics.
Stuart Pearce, former caretaker coach of the England national team, Under-21’s head and assistant to Fabio Capello, is in charge of the Olympic squad. There is an age cut-off of 23 for Olympic soccer sides, but each team is allowed 3 players over that age. According to the Times in England, however, Pearce has opted to select veterans like Ryan Giggs, Craig Bellamy and Micah Richards in front of Beckham.
The LA Galaxy midfielder had been outspoken about his desire to captain the team and many felt that, because of his international cache and association with the London Games, he was guaranteed a spot.
Pearce has been bold. He has opted to pick a right-back ahead of Beckham and he has tried to stamp his authority on the team. Earlier in the year the coach had reiterated his position, stating that he would pick on form and merit alone and there were concerns that Beckham had not played at a level of intensity for some time which would stand him in good stead for the Games.
Beckham will be there at the event, showing his face and representing the nation. What he will not be doing is taking any trademark free kicks, clad in red, white and blue.
GB will play their group games against Senegal, Uruguay and the United Arab Emirates. Their first outing, against the Senegalese, kicks off on the 26th of July at Beckham’s former stomping ground, Old Trafford.