- Published on Thursday, June 28 2012
David Beckham is devastated after he failed to make the British soccer squad for the upcoming London Olympics.
The sports hero, who campaigned ni 2005 for his hometown to host the Games, made no secret of his desire to be one of the three older players selected for the Team GB 18-man squad.
Despite his calls to be picked, manager Stuart Pearce selected Ryan Giggs, Craig Bellamy and Micah Richards in favour of the star.
Beckham, who captained England's national side for six years, admits he's been left stunned by the snub.
In a statement, he says, "Everyone knows how much playing for my country has always meant to me. So I would have been honoured to have been part of this unique Team GB squad.
"Naturally I am very disappointed, but there will be no bigger supporter of the team than me. And like everyone, I will be hoping they can win the gold.
"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 Seb's (London Olympics chairman Sebastian Coe) team, and I can't wait for the Games to begin and enjoy every moment along with the rest of Great Britain."