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David Beckham was someone who played as much a part as anybody in London being awarded the 2012 Olympic Games.
When the announcement was made in 2005, Beckham was still at the top of his game with Real Madrid.
I know that he moved to LA Galaxy in 2008 and, without being disrespectful to the MLS, the overall standard of football in America isn't as high as it is in Europe, but Beckham is still a tremendous footballer.
If he weren't, he wouldn't have had two loan spells at AC Milan.
I understand that he's a lot older than most of the players named in the squad, but Beckham didn't need to start every game, or even play in each game.
His experience playing at huge clubs like Manchester United, Real Madrid and AC Milan could have been the difference between success and failure.
It just seems such a shame that the closest thing Beckham got to appearing at the Olympics was a James Bond-esque speedboat ride down the Thames.
It's almost the final kick in the teeth for Beckham, who's done so much as a footballer and representative to serve his country.