London 2012 Olympics: David Beckham admits GB disappointment
David Beckham admits his disappointment at missing out on spot in Stuart Pearce's Team GB squad for London 2012 Olympics
David Beckham has spoken of his disappointment at missing out on a place in Stuart Pearce’s Team GB football squad for the London 2012 Olympics – but insists he will still be there to support the team.
The 37-year-old LA Galaxy midfielder was widely expected to get the nod to feature on home soil at the Games, but Pearce named Ryan Giggs, Micah Richards and Craig Bellamy as the three over-23 players allowed in his squad.
However, former England captain Beckham, who admits it would have been “incredible” to play at London 2012, is refusing to dwell on his disappointment and says he will be at the Games to offer his support to Pearce’s men.
“Getting the Olympics was one of the proudest moments to be involved in with the team and the bid team. It was an incredible moment,” Beckham, who is on the standby list for Team GB, told reporters.
“Obviously all the talk of me possibly performing in the Olympics, it would have been a very proud moment for me. Everyone knows how proud I am of representing my country and to do it in my hometown on such a big stage would have been incredible, so of course, I’m disappointed but life goes on.”
The former Manchester United midfielder added: “My family are healthy, I’m pretty healthy, so I’ll be there to support the GB team.
“We’ve got some incredible athletes all the way through every event. It’s going to be a proud moment to be there and know that I was part of bringing the Olympics to the East End of London.”