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Beckham pencilled in as participant in Great Britain football team

Great Britain Olympic team coach Stuart Pearce has revealed former England skipper David Beckham is one of a large group of players up for consideration at next years London Olympics. "He's certainly on a long list of people, yes."

Olympic rules state countries can only select a maximum of three players over the age of 23 and Beckham has already expressed his desire to take part.

Pearce said: "The players will know very shortly. We're in the process of putting a long list out which can be added to in due course but at the moment it's quite a substantial list and those players will be acutely aware that they are on the list for the GB team.

"They will have to sign a form putting forward their participation within that and putting themselves forward for selection so the players will know themselves and the clubs will be aware very shortly of who is on that list of players."

"Obviously if players are going to the European Championship with the senior team then we would have to take a considered view nearer the time in respect to a week or two weeks later they contribute to the GB team," Pearce added.

"We'll approach that nearer the time and see how form and fitness is for the players who are on the long list that we are about to put out."

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