Rarely have so many celebrities come forward to support a fellow A list star but this is exactly what has happened as athletes and stars alike have rushed to give their voice to the disappointment of David Beckham failing to reach the London 2012 Great Britain football team. Many believed that Beckham would be a part of the team as he was instrumental in securing the Games for London 2012 in the first place, having travelled to Singapore in 2005 with other delegates and representing Britain as he closed the 2008 Beijing Olympics by kicking a golden football. In fact, so furious are Twitter followers that a campaign to get Beckham into the GB team has started with messages of support using the hashtag #pickbecks.
Amongst Beckham’s celebrity chums who have been tweeting their disbelief are:
Gary Lineker – ‘Terrible shame for Beckham having given so much to to the Olympic bid and football. Never thought for a second that David Beckham would be excluded from GB’s team. Their are arguments for and against DB selection. What i don’t understand though, is why string him along by including him in a short list?’
James Corden – ‘To ask David Beckham to give everything to winning the Olympics for London and then not picking him to take part is so disrespectful.’
Lee Westwood – ‘I’m amazed David Beckham didn’t get picked for the Olympic football team!’
Ronan Keating – ‘Don’t understand why David Beckham was not picked for Olympic team. One of the greatest ambassadors for the game. And still totally capable.’
Robbie Savage – ‘Why was beckham on the shortlist in the first place, then not to pick him ! Disgrace ! Stuart Pearce does make some stupid decisions , ie Parker captain of England and no beckham in gb Team , clueless!’
John Prescott – ‘David Beckham deserves to be in Team GB. Played a crucial part in the bid & least he’d be good at penalties!’
Although Beckham now lives in Los Angeles with his family, he flew in to be the first to light the Olympic torch when it arrived in Cornwall from Greece, which marked the arrival of the flame on British soil. Beckham was remaining diplomatic as ever as he stated, “Everyone knows how much playing for my country has always meant to me. So I would have been honoured 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. As a Londoner, I will have been really proud to have played a small part in bringing the Olympics to my home town as part of Seb’s [Coe] team, and I can’t wait for the games to begin and enjoy every moment along with the rest of Great Britain.”
Beckham, who has more than 100 England caps, was on the short list of 35 to be picked for the team but in the end, Stuart Pearce, he of the missed penalty in the 1990 World Cup, (no we never forget) had decided that he wanted Ryan Giggs in midfield instead. Pearce has not commented but BOA chief Andy Hunt had said that he is free to pick whoever he wants. “Stuart Pearce will make a decision on the best squad available given where he is in respect of now having assessed the players that are not involved in the Euros and the current state of injuries. He will then make the best call he can – on merit. I am not putting any pressure of him whatsoever to pick anyone. We discussed the whole topic of selecting over-23 players back more than a year ago but I haven’t subsequently.”
While the fury on Twitter carries on, silly boy Piers Morgan had to state, ‘Relax everyone – #Beckham can still go the Olympics. He just has to buy a ticket like the rest of us.’ Boo!