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David Beckham Releases Statement on GB Team Exclusion

June 28, 2012 (5:58 pm) GMT
The soccer ace did not make the cut this time because the team only allows three people above the age of 23.

will not be seen fighting for England at the upcoming Olympics. The 37-year-old soccer star failed to make the Great Britain dream team for the summer games that start next month in London.

"Naturally I am very disappointed, but there will be no bigger supporter of the team than me," he said in a statement. "I would have been honored to have been part of this unique Team GB squad. Like everyone, I will be hoping they can win the gold."

He reportedly received the bad news on late Wednesday, June 27 from coach Stuart Pearce. The team only allows three men over the age of 23 and the chosen ones are Ryan Giggs, Craig Bellamy, and Micah Richards.

Beckham had been hoping to become the team's captain. He was the ambassador of England and was part of the Olympic flame handover ceremony in May. "As a Londoner, I will have been really proud to have played a small part in bringing the Olympics to my home town as part of [Sebastian Coe's] team, and I can't wait for the games to begin and enjoy every moment along with the rest of Great Britain," he said at that time.

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