David Beckham - OOGG 2012
David Beckham was the most notable inclusion when Great Britain's 35-man provisional Olympic squad was submitted on Friday. It represented the latest stage in a process that will end with the announcement of Stuart Pearce's final 18-man squad on 6 July. There has been a huge amount of debate around who will be the three over-age players in Pearce's squad. Ryan Giggs, Craig Bellamy, Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard have all been mentioned as potential candidates. Beckham's name has been a constant though, mainly due to the influential role he played in getting the Olympics to London in the first place. The 37-year-old's popularity remains undimmed, even though he has not played his club football in England for nine years now. He was greeted with rapturous applause at Wembley on Saturday when given a special award for reaching 100 caps by Uefa, and it is understood the former Manchester United midfielder remains among the players Pearce has submitted. There is little doubt Beckham's presence would help sell tickets for the football event, which features Great Britain's group matches at Old Trafford, Wembley and the Millennium Stadium. It is yet to be decided whether the Football Association will formally announce the 35-man squad. The Guardian.
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