David Beckham has confirmed he has not been included in Great Britain's football squad for the Olympic Games, saying: "I'm very disappointed."
The 37-year-old had hoped to be named as one of three over-age players but has not been selected by Olympic team coach Stuart Pearce.
It is understood Ryan Giggs, Craig Bellamy and Micah Richards will be the three over-age players confirmed by Pearce next week.
Beckham said in a statement: "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 was really proud to have played a small part in bringing the Olympics to my home town as part of Seb's [Coe] team and I can't wait for the Games to begin and will enjoy every moment along with the rest of Great Britain."
Beckham is understood to have been told by Pearce that he had chosen to pick Richards instead because he wanted stronger defensive options.
The former England midfielder had been on the 35-man shortlist and Pearce had flown out to the United States to watch him in action for the Los Angeles Galaxy. The player could also point out that he would have at least been match-fit while all the other players would be entering the tournament after the summer break.
Giggs and Bellamy were widely expected to be included but the call-up of Richards is also as much of a surprise as the Manchester City defender being left out of England's Euro 2012 squad - after which he refused to go on standby for the European Championship.
Other under-23 players who are almost certain to be confirmed by Pearce include Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey and Tottenham's Gareth Bale.
Manchester United had told the FA in May that they did not want any of their over-age players apart from Welsh winger Giggs to be considered for selection. The club ruled out Pearce picking Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes and Jonny Evans for the Olympic tournament.
It means United players Tom Cleverley and Chris Smalling, who both missed Euro 2012 through injury, may be part of the Olympic squad.
England great Peter Shilton understands Pearce's decision to omit Beckham as he believes the 37-year-old could have struggled to last the pace.
Shilton, England's most capped player with 125 appearances, believes Beckham would have struggled with the physical demands of competing at the Games.
"I've not been watching David play in the States but it's a different level of football over there," Shilton told Sky Sports News.
"Stuart Pearce wants to do well and win the tournament. To do that you must win so many games in so many days and the older you get the less you can do that.
"David might play the first game well, but then the second game becomes a bit harder.
"He's been a fantastic player over the years, certainly when he was at his peak, but he's nowhere near the player he was.
"It would have been great from a publicity point of view, but Stuart Pearce obviously feels he'd struggle in that type of tournament.
"You have to respect Stuart's opinion but I've always had the utmost respect for David as a person and a player."
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HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA OH MY GOD THAT IS THE BEST THING IVE HEARD ALL YEAR,NEVER MIND DAVID GO BACK AMERICA WHERE YOU LIVE AND DONT COME BACK, WE DONT NEED YOU ANYMORE
I sense hostility and jealousy in ur comment
Couldn't agree with you (and Stuart Pearce) more. This guy has, in reality, contributed nothing to football in this country for quite some time - but he has maintained some excellent publicity for both himself and his missus. What next for Beckam? Well, he could do what he did when England were duffed out of the last World Cup tournament - suddenly appear on Centre Court (with his little son - aww) to watch Murray play. Beckam pulled-off this stunt straight after our players came home in humiliating circumstances. When he was all for taking the limelight, and the players were standing up to be counted, he then took a 'positive publicity' opportunity - with his son - at SW19 when the England squad were being hammered through the tabloids. Very tacky - very tacky indeed. Get rid of him - he's a leech; he's finished, and his wife is a talentless attention-seeking nobody who is a disgrace to those needy and less priveliged of the world.
There has got to be a reason other than football to warrant Beckham not being selected?
his age,his football quality,his annoying personality, but mainly im gonna go with the fact he hasnt played competative football for nearly 8 years
Id have Beckham over Bellamy any day. There wouldn't be a British team if Beckham hadn't swooped in and won over the IOC delegates at the 11th hour
Never mind David ,you could always get a knighthood as you are good friends with prince William. He should stay in America and take his stck insect of a wife with him .They could not get over there fast enough but when the limelight could be on them again they can running back ,but WE DO NOT NEED YOU DAVID.
Let's hope Giggs shows a greater commitment to team GB than he has to Wales over the years,as for Beckham Pearce has ,for once, made the right decision . This is an Olympic Competition for practicing footballers.
Excellent news on the sporting front, for once. Hold on a minute, though ! Bellamy, are you serious. Why not just go for broke and stick Joey Barton in. Wasn't he up for beating up a woman, a while back, for gods sake. Looks like someone dropped a piano on his head, neckless little hobbit. Apart from that , he's poo.
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very sad, davids last chance to represent country. he still has a lot to bring to football and will be sadly missed. didnt he help get us the olympics after all?
michah richards,spat the dummy out with ferdinand and snubbed the new england set up for the euros what is going on
PIERCE WANTS DITCHING he,s only half the man beckham is
Well I for one think it is disgusting. There is nobody done more for English Football recently and the Olympics than David Beckham. Lets face it the football tickets arent exactly selling very well at the moment, and I cant see them flying off the shelves now. Micah Richards is a good footballer but not exactly world known. So Beckhams not exactly in his prime but the way we play international football we are not exactly going to win are we. Maybe Stuart Pearce thought Becks might get more attention than his football team!!
SP will regret his decision... David can pass the ball with pin point accuracy and take good free kicks... not many people have this talent. Euro 2012 was a fine example that current players do not have this skill in abundance. If you can't score goals you dont win. Shame on you SP.
We lost the euros because we keep giving chances to the old players,beckham has got nothing to give to competative football in this day and age,you are living in the past where beckham belongs
Unfortunately as one discovers and you become of age you face the reality YOU ONLY WALK ON WATER FOR A GIVEN TIME IN LIFE AND THEN IT'S SOMEBODY ELSE'S TURN AND YOU ACCEPT GRACEFULLY. COACH YOUR KIDS MATE AND ENJOY LIFE.
Pearce obviously didn't want to turn it into The David Beckham Show, and fair play to him for that. Shame that he's just lost half a million female viewers though.
It's only Olympic Football. Trust me, team GB won't get near any South American side.
An insult and a disgrace - we won't win the tournament so why not include Beckham and get rid of some of 1.2 million tickets of apathy!
Once a expat and you give up life here it goes with the terority that's the reality old mate remember " Want to be in my gang" well your over the pond right.
Just waiting for Rio to twitter that he thinks Pearce should have selected him....can only be a matter of time.