David Beckham Left Off Britain's 2012 Olympic Soccer Team

HELSTON, ENGLAND - MAY 18: David Beckham holds the Olympic Flame as it arrives at RNAS Culdrose near Helston on May 18, 2012 in Cornwall, England. The Olympic Flame arrived in the UK after it was handed over at a ceremony yesterday in Athens. A British delegation including David Beckham, flew back with the flame from Greece where they attended a ceremony welcoming the flame, before it is taken on a 70-day relay involving 8,000 torchbearers covering 8,000 miles. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

David Beckham will not be playing at the Olympic games. Great Britain coach Stuart Pearce has selected Ryan Giggs, Craig Belllamy and Micah Richards as his three overage players.

David Beckham was expected to be selected as one of three overage players for the Great Britain Olympic soccer team, but he's been left off in favor of Ryan Giggs, Craig Bellamy and Micah Richards. Manager Stuart Pearce, who also manages the England Under-21 national team, will select the rest of his squad at a later date.

The Olympic soccer tournament is made up of Under-23 squads with three overage players allowed. Most of the squad will be made up of English players, with the football associations of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland opposing the selection of their players for their team. Pearce may have trouble balancing out the team with players from all four associations because of that, but was able to bring in a couple of Welshmen with his overage slots. Additionally, all four teams are short on good, young defenders, which probably played into Pearce's decision to take Richards.

Beckham will find some role at the Olympic games, even if he's not going to be competing, but he's been very vocal in the past about his desire to play and will certainly be disappointed that he hasn't been selected by Pearce.

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