Sven surprised at Beckham exclusion

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Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson would have selected David Beckham for the Olympic squad after he was overlooked by Team GB coach Stuart Pearce.

The ex-England captain revealed earlier this week that he had been left out of the final 18-man squad, with former Manchester United team-mate Ryan Giggs, Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy and Manchester City defender Micah Richards understood to have been chosen as the three over-age players for London 2012.

Beckham is now expected to play a leading role as an ambassador during the Games, but Eriksson was saddened his former skipper was not selected. He told BBC Five Live's Sportsweek programme: "I haven't seen Beckham play for a long time but I think David should anyhow be there because it is the Olympic Games, it is Great Britain, it is England, it is London."

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