Former England captain and LA Galaxy midfielder, David Beckham has said he is not the right man to light the Olympic flame, saying that the honour should go to a gold medal-winner.
Admitting his disappointment at failing to make Stuart Pearce's squad, Beckham took himself out of the running for one of the greatest honours that can be bestowed on a sportsman or woman but offered no hint as to who should have the job of lighting the cauldron on July 27.
And Beckham spoke of his disappointment at not joining the likes of former Manchester United team-mate Ryan Giggs in the 23-man squad.
'Obviously, all the talk of me possibly performing in the Olympics, it would have been a very proud moment for me,' said Beckham.
'Everyone knows how proud I am of representing my country and to do it in my home town on such a big stage would have been incredible so, of course, I'm disappointed, but life goes on.
'My family are healthy, I'm pretty healthy, so at the end of the day, I'll be there to support the GB team.
'It's going to be a proud moment to be there and know that I was part of bringing the Olympics to the East End of London.'