David Beckham Fails to Make England's Olympic Squad

Celebrity News Jun. 28, 2012 AT 12:15PM
David Beckham of the Los Angeles Galaxy controls the ball against the Vancouver Whitecaps on June 23, 2012 in Carson, California. David Beckham of the Los Angeles Galaxy controls the ball against the Vancouver Whitecaps on June 23, 2012 in Carson, California. Credit: Stephen Dunn/Getty

David Beckham won't be going for gold when the Olympics hit his home country this summer.

Though he made manager Stuart Pearce's shortlist of 35 players being considered for Great Britain's team, the soccer star, 37, failed to make the squad's final cut. (Only three players over the age of 23 are allowed to compete per team at the London Olympics -- Ryan Giggs, Craig Bellamy and Micah Richards, all over 23, fulfilled the U.K.'s quota, a source explained to the Associated Press.)

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"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," Beckham told the AP in a statement Thursday. "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."

Beckham first made a name for himself as a young midfielder on Manchester United in the early '90s. He played for Real Madrid for four seasons before announcing he would begin playing for the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007.

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The former English team captain was a part of Britain's national team from 1996 to 2009, but didn't make the 2010 FIFA World Cup selection after an Achilles tendon injury rendered him ineligible.

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