He might be good enough for a Burger King commercial, but for the Olympics, the soccer star just didn’t make the cut.
When it came time to select the 18 players who would be representing the hosting soccer team, David Beckham was left off the list. Beckham, of course, was one of the attracting features for London to host the games in the first place.
Team coach Stuart Peace broke the news to Beckham Wednesday night.
No doubt the athlete is a little embarrassed about the turn of events. Beckham has released a statement.
"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 said.
Beckham went on to describe his appreciation for the years he was allowed to represent Great Britain in other ways (i.e. his three years playing for decorated team Manchester United). But alas… All good things must come to an end.
The soccer sex symbol currently plays midfield in the American MLS league for the Los Angeles Galaxy. Due to conflicts with the FIFA league, Great Britain’s team is the first successful attempt to assemble an Olympic soccer team since 1960.
If Beckham had made the team, it would have allowed a rare opportunity for him to reunite with former Man U teammate, Ryan Giggs.
According to the NBC, the snub can be attributed to the addition of defender Micah Richards, who is 13 years Beckham’s junior.
There are only three places allowed for players over the age of 23.
An official, complete list of the selected players is expected no later than early next week.