London 2012 Olympics: David Beckham hits out at critics saying Team GB selection would be commercial stunt

May 18th, 201211:23 am @


“Whenever I have been asked about shirt sales or filling stadiums it has
always felt it is a bit disrespectful. Throughout my career I have been
pretty successful, I’ve played for some pretty big teams, represented my
country quite a few times, and played for managers without sentiment.

“When you play for Sir Alex Ferguson, Fabio Capello, Sven Goran Eriksson or
the manager that I have played under, they don’t pick players because they
want to fill a stadium or particularly to sell shirts.

“I have always found it an honour that people have wanted to buy my shirt and
an honour that fans turn up to watch the team I am playing in. I have always
found that a huge honour.

“But no, I don’t want to be picked for shirt sales or as a stadium-filler, I
want to be picked for what I can bring to the team. That has been the case
throughout my career and I don’t want that to change.”

Beckham also defended his form and fitness, and pointed to the experience he
could bring to a squad that is by definition young – 15 of the 18 players
will be 23 or younger – and will play only once before the Games begin.

“I am playing well and feeling fit, we are only nine games into our season,
and fitness has never been a problem for me so if I am selected I will be in
good condition.

“I want to play. That’s my only objective. Something that I have now is
experience. I am 37 and I have experience of playing in big games and big.

“When I was captain that was one of the things I was able to bring to the
team, the confidence and the hard work that you need to win.

“Experience will be important because when you have a team of young kids
coming together for the Olympics for a short period of time it is important
to have that experience in there.”

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