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LA Galaxy's Beckham doesn't want Team GB selection for shirt sales

LA Galaxy star David Beckham insists he does not want to be selected in the Team Great Britain Olympic football team because of his name.

The former England captain is being considered for Stuart Pearce's Team GB squad for this summer's London Olympics but has made it clear he only wants to be there if his form warrants inclusion and not for off-pitch gain.

"Any time I have been asked about shirt sales and filling stadiums, I've never said it is disrespectful but it's the kind of question I have felt is," he said.

"Throughout my career I've been pretty successful. I've played for some pretty big teams. I've played for my country quite a few times and for managers without sentiment.

"That's one of the things when you play for Sir Alex Ferguson, Fabio Capello and Sven Goran Eriksson, the managers I have played under - they don't pick players because they want to fill a stadium with people or to sell shirts.

"I'm very proud of the fact and I have always found it an honour that people want to buy my shirt, that fans turn up to watch the team I am playing in or to see myself. I've always found that a huge honour.

"No, I don't want to be picked on a shirt sale or a stadium filler. I want to be picked because of what I can bring to the team. It's a thing that has happened all the way through my career and I don't want that to change."

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Andrew Slevison
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