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Beckham not bitter over Team GB omission

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David Beckham insists he is not bitter about being left out of Team GB’s Olympic football squad for the London Olympics.

The 37-year-old was tipped for one of three over-23 spots in Pearce’s squad having been heavily involved with helping London secure the games back in 2005, while he was also present at the torch lighting ceremony in Athens earlier this year.

However Pearce opted to name Manchester City defender Micah Richards as one of his three over-age players alongside Manchester United’s Ryan Giggs and Liverpool’s Craig Bellamy instead of Beckham, a decision met with some criticism.

Speaking for the first time in public since it was announced he wouldn’t be playing at the Olympics this summer, Beckham insists that despite being disappointed at being let out, he will be supporting Team GB all the way.

"Obviously, all the talk of me possibly performing in the Olympics, it would have been a very proud moment for me," he said.

"Everyone knows how proud I am of representing my country and to do it in my home town on such a big stage would have been incredible so, of course, I'm disappointed, but life goes on.

"My family are healthy, I'm pretty healthy, so at the end of the day, I'll be there to support the GB team.

"It's going to be a proud moment to be there and know that I was part of bringing the Olympics to the East End of London."

The former Manchester United player also revealed that he relied heavily on the support of his friends and family as well as members of the public after the news broke about his omission.

"The support has been incredible, the letters that I've got, phone calls that I've got," he said.

"Of course, I've had support from my family and friends, they are the ones that care and know how disappointed I am and I was at the time.

"Like I said, life moves on and I hope the GB team go to the Olympics and win as many medals, as many gold medals as possible."

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