Pick me for Games on merit - Beckham

Last Updated : 18 May 2012 12:47

David Beckham wants to compete at the Olympics on merit and nothing else.

The LA Galaxy star feels suggestions that he would get a place in the Team GB football squad because of glamour, newspaper sales or because he is a bigger commercial hitter is "a bit disrespectful".

"Any time I have been asked about shirt sales and filling stadiums, I've never said it is disrespectful but it's the kind of question I have felt is," he said.

The 37-year-old was a key member of London's winning bid to host the London 2012 Games and has always said he will fight for a place to compete at the Olympics.

He is proud of his career, proud of being part of the London bid and would be proud to play at the Olympics.

He said: "Throughout my career I've been pretty successful. I've played for some pretty big teams. I've played for my country quite a few times and for managers without sentiment.

"That's one of the things when you play for Sir Alex Ferguson, Fabio Capello and Sven Goran Eriksson, the managers I have played under - they don't pick players because they want to fill a stadium with people or to sell shirts.

"I'm very proud of the fact and I have always found it an honour that people want to buy my shirt, that fans turn up to watch the team I am playing in or to see myself. I've always found that a huge honour.

"No, I don't want to be picked on a shirt sale or a stadium filler. I want to be picked because of what I can bring to the team. It's a thing that has happened all the way through my career and I don't want that to change."

Source: PA