Opening role for Becks

Former England captain confirms he will feature in Olympic ceremony

David Beckham: Former England captain has role at London Olympics

David Beckham has revealed that he has been given a role at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics.

The former England captain, who was controversially overlooked by Team GB football coach Stuart Pearce, will feature at some stage during Friday's showpiece at the Olympic Stadium.

Beckham, who was part of the bid team which helped secure the games for London, refused to divulge any further details over his participation.

"It is some kind of role in the opening ceremony which I am honoured to be involved in because obviously I was involved in the start process with this seven years ago," Beckham told The Associated Press.

"And for Seb (Lord Sebastian Coe) to have kept me involved, I'm very proud of that."


While Beckham is expected to be one of the final torch bearers, he will not be lighting the flame and the identity of that person remains a closely-guarded secret.

Beckham later told CNN: "I'm excited to be part of such a huge occasion for our country.

"It's exciting to have the Games in the east end of London and I'm very honoured to be part of that."

Asked if a flame was involved, he added: "I think I might have one."


LA Galaxy midfielder Beckham also insisted that he still harboured ambitions of representing his country again, even though he was sidelined by Fabio Capello and new boss Roy Hodgson has made no suggestion of a recall.

"I'll always have ambitions in football as long as I am playing," Beckham added.

"I might be 37 years old but I still want to continue to win championships, I still want to continue to be the best that I can be and continue to represent my country in any way, shape or form."