The veteran midfielder was widely expected to be named in Stuart Pearce’s contingent for the London Games as one of the three players over the age of 23 allocated to each team.
However, the LA Galaxy man has confessed that he will not participate in the tournament.
“Everyone knows how much playing for my country has always meant to me,” Sky Sports report Beckham as saying.
“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,” he stated.
The three overage players are now expected to be Ryan Giggs, Craig Bellamy and Micah Richards, with the squad in full to be named next week.
Pearce has flown out to the United States to watch Beckham in action, but it appears that the former England star has been overlooked in favour of the Premier League players.
By Gareth McKnight