Beckham leaves Team GB door open

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David Beckham has firmly thrown his hat in the ring to play for Team GB at the 2012 Olympics in London next summer.

The LA Galaxy midfielder has been in the UK as part of a campaign ran by Games sponsors Samsung, and after nominating teenager Gabriella Roseje to take part in the torch relay ahead of the Olympics, Beckham revealed his own personal plans to take part.

"Once the manager has been picked I'd love to be part of the Olympics. I'd be honoured to be something in the GB team, especially being an East End lad. But it would be as a player rather than a coach. I'll be 37 but I'd still be better as a player rather than a coach," said the former England captain.

"I still feel like I'm 21 when I'm playing. I still love the game like I did when I was 21, I'm still as fit as I ever was and everyone knows I've looked after myself properly. There are 13 months to go and a lot of decisions to be made but football has been part of my life for so many years so to be part of that would be incredible."


The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star refused to be drawn over who he thinks should take charge of the side next summer, although Beckham will be hoping they pick him as one of just three 'over-aged' players in the squad.

Olympic rules state that all other players in the side must be 23 or under, something that could put current England U21s boss Stuart Pearce at the top of the pile as a potential managerial candidate for the side.

Beckham acknowledged the former Nottingham Forest defender has done a great job with the Young Lions, but kept his own thoughts to himself on the situation.

"Stuart Pearce has done well with the Under-21s but we'll have to wait and see whether he is the manager of the Great Britain team. It's not my decision, thankfully."

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