David Beckham has been left out of Great Britain’s soccer team for this summer’s London Olympics.
Reports say that the 37-year-old soccer star—who is an Olympic ambassador—is upset after Team GB coach Stuart Pearce opted to leave him out of his squad for the tournament.
David, who played 115 times for England, said in a statement:
”Everyone knows how much playing for my country has always meant to me. So I would have been honored to have been part of this unique Team GB squad.
”Naturally I am very disappointed, but there will be no bigger supporter of the team than me. And like everyone, I will be hoping they can win the gold.”
David—who grew up in Essex and has previously lived in east London, where the Olympic Stadium is based—has drawn plaudits from London 2012 Olympic chairman Lord Sebastian Coe for his prominent role in helping the capital city win the right to stage the Games.
The Los Angeles Galaxy soccer player also flew to Greece in May to collect the Olympic Torch on behalf of Great Britain and bring it over to London, and while he is devastated at missing out on a place in the Team GB soccer squad, David insists he ”can’t wait” for the iconic sporting event to begin.
Ever the sportsman, David said that he will still be the team’s biggest supporter once the sporting event starts.