Beckham backed for GB captaincy

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David Beckham should captain the Great Britain football team at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, according to a poll conducted by GiveMeFootball.

The 36-year-old former Manchester United and Real Madrid star has made himself available for Stuart Pearce's 18-man squad, although the latter has yet to reveal whether or not Beckham will make the cut.

Competition rules stipulate that Pearce must name 16 players aged 23 and under, which leaves room in the squad for three so called 'overage' players.

And, should Beckham win a place in the GB squad, he would be honoured to be given the captain's armband.

"I would love to be captain," he told a press conference last week.

"I was lucky enough to captain my country and to lead Great Britain into an Olympics would be special for any player."

Beckham's leadership qualities are unquestionable, having led England on no few than 58 occasions during an international career spanning 115 caps.

This ability to galvanise others appears to mark Beckham out as a stronger contender to skipper Team GB, and the fans would seem to agree.

When GMF asked supporters 'should David Beckham captain Team GB at London 2012?' almost 10,000 people responded, and they did so emphatically in favour of the midfield veteran.

Some 77 percent of the people polled are in favour of Beckham leading Team GB when the tournament begins in July, while only 19 percent disagreed with the suggestion. This left only four percent undecided.

Pearce will announce his squad in the summer, and who would bet against Beckham leading Great Britain to an historic gold medal?

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