July 2, 2012
FILE This file photo of Friday May 18, 2012 shows Britain's David Beckham holding the Olympic torch during the ceremony to mark the arrival of the Olympic flame to Britain from Greece, at RNAS Culdrose, in Cornwall, England. Former England captain David Beckham has failed to make the British football team for the London Olympics. The Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder made Britain coach Stuart Pearce's shortlist of 35 but wasn't selected for the final 18-man squad as one of three players over the age of 23 allowed to compete in the games. "Everyone knows how much playing for my country has always meant to me, so I would have been honored to have been part of this unique Team GB squad," the 37-year-old Beckham said Thursday June 28, 2012 in a statement to The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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LONDON -- Britain's first men's Olympic soccer team since 1960 includes Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs but is missing the host nation's most iconic player. Former England captain David Beckham was absent from the list of 18 players announced Monday by the British Olympic Association.