Beckham suffers shock Olympic snub as Richards gets nod for Team GB
David Beckham has suffered a major snub after Stuart Pearce ended his Olympic dream by omitting the former England captain from his 18-man Team GB squad for London 2012.
The news is a huge disappointment to Beckham, who was included in the original 35-man long-list, and a diplomatic disaster for Pearce, whose decision came as a surprise to the British Olympic Association.
Ryan Giggs, Craig Bellamy and Micah Richards have been selected as the three over-age players, with Pearce telling Beckham that the Manchester City defender is the player who directly benefits from his exclusion.
Beckham will, however, be offered a role in the Olympics by Sebastian Coe, who described him as London's "No 1 supporter" yesterday, and is set for an appearance in the final stages of the torch relay or the opening ceremony.
In a statement, Beckham (37) said: "Naturally I am very disappointed, but there will be no bigger supporter of the team than me. I can't wait for the Games to begin." (©Daily Telegraph, London)