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Beckham says he is not the man to light Olympic flame

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Former England captain David Beckham has ruled himself out of contention to light the Olympic flame when the London games get under way on July 27.

Following the disappointment of missing out on selection for Team GB, the LA Galaxy midfielder once again offered his support for the side, but said he believed he was not the right person to open the games.

"I've always said lighting the torch in the stadium is something that should be done by an Olympian… who has done incredible things for our country and won gold medals.

"I'm sure whoever decides that, it will be an Olympian, but we'll have to wait and see."

Beckham is expected to have some role in London 2012, having spent a huge amount of time promoting the games over the past number of years. But his shock omission from the 18 member Team GB squad is still a cause of regret for the 37-year-old.

"Everyone knows how proud I am of representing my country and to do it in my home town on such a big stage would have been incredible, so of course I'm disappointed.

"I'm going to be just proud to be there as a fan, more than anything, in a part of London where I grew up. I used to play soccer over the fields that have been changed now. As a fan and as an Englishman, I'm going to be very proud."

By Andrew Wade

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