David Beckham will be included in the Team GB squad for the Olympics this summer according to The Daily Mail.
The veteran England midfielder has made his desire to play for the home team this summer known, and it has been speculated that the LA Galaxy man would be one of the overage players in the amalgamated side’s squad.
However, with Stuart Pearce yet to reveal his 18-man squad for the tournament, and the deadline not until July 6th, there has been speculation over who will be involved.
Craig Bellamy has already admitted that he will be part of the contingent representing the hosts, but as yet ohter names are unknown.
Beckham has fallen out of favour in the England reckoning, but has eyed the Olympics as a final international send off in a long and distinguished career.
Many critics have indicated that if Beckham was selected it would be a marketing gimmick to sell more Team GB jerseys and increase interest in the competition, but Stuart Pearce has made it clear that all players will be picked on merit.
Beckham has always rubbished claims that he is used as a marketing tool, and recently pleaded his case for inclusion.
“Whenever I have been asked about shirt sales or filling stadiums it has felt disrespectful.
“Throughout my career I have been pretty successful. I’ve played for some pretty big teams, represented my country quite a few times and played for managers without sentiment.
“No, I don’t want to be picked for shirt sales or as a stadium filler. I want to be picked for what I can bring to the team,” he admitted.
By Gareth McKnight