Stuart Pearce has named Micah Richards, Craig Bellamy and Ryan Giggs as the three over-23 players in the 18-man squad for Team GB at the Olympics.
David Beckham, who was part of the team that helped secure the London Olympic bid, has missed out.
“Naturally I am very disappointed, but there will be no bigger supporter of the team than me,” he said. “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 team, and I can’t wait for the games to begin and enjoy every moment along with the rest of Great Britain.”
United told the FA in May that the only over age player they would allow to be considered was Ryan Giggs, ruling Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans and Paul Scholes out.
Tom Cleverley and, if recovered from injury, Chris Smalling, will likely be included in the squad.
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