Team GB confirm David Beckham has made first football squad cut

David Beckham is on Stuart Pearce's 80-strong 'shortlist', Team GB's chief executive Andy Hunt has confirmed

Sportsbeat
By Sportsbeat
david beckham
David Beckham worked with Team GB football coach Stuart Pearce at the 2010 World Cup Samsung

david beckham

David Beckham, Gareth Bale, Craig Bellamy, Joe Cole and Stephen Fletcher are still under consideration for Stuart Pearce’s Olympic football team, Team GB officials have confirmed.

Pearce approached over 200 players to find out whether they would be interested in representing Great Britain this summer and after receiving positive responses from 191 has whittled that down to a ‘shortlist’ of 80.

Team GB chef de mission Andy Hunt, in an interview with the BBC, claimed all corners of the United Kingdom were represented, including Northern Ireland midfielder Chris Brunt.

Pearce will name an 18-man under-23 squad next month but can include three over-age players.

Hunt claimed that despite continued opposition to the formation of a British team from the Welsh, Scottish and Northern Ireland FAs, all accepted they could not prevent players from taking part.

He also said that clubs, who are not keen on a tournament that will majorly impact on their pre-season plans, were also supportive.

“This has been squared with the clubs and with the players,” he said.

The draw for the Olympic football tournament will be made at Wembley Stadium next week and the 1.5 million tickets that remain will also go back on sale.

© Sportsbeat 2012

MORE:

MORE: The latest football news

MORE: The latest tennis news

BIOGRAPHY: Daniel Sturridge

BIOGRAPHY: Kepa Arrizabalaga

ATP Finals 2018
The Sport Review
Mind the gap: Roger Federer, Alexander Zverev, and the challenge for the next generation
The Sport Review
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Meet Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s girlfriend Amine Gulse
The Sport Review
Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house with us
The Sport Review
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Chelsea, Arsenal stars feature – Slideshow
The Sport Review
Meet Chelsea FC star Andreas Christensen’s girlfriend Katrine Friis
The Sport Review
Nitto ATP Finals 2018: Roger Federer faces uphill task after defeat by Kei Nishikori in London
The Sport Review
What Gary Lineker said on Twitter after Man City’s 3-1 win over Man United
The Sport Review
Nitto ATP Finals: Sascha Zverev takes big step in group of big men with Marin Cilic victory