Beckham could star in 2012 Olympics

David Beckham could star at the London 2012 Olympics by playing or coaching the Great Britain football team, according to organizing committee chairman Sebastian Coe.

Although football is played as an Under-23 tournamenent at the Olympics, the rules allow for three over-age players and Coe believes Beckham or players like Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard should feature because their global profile would attract more interest in the event.

Los Angeles Galaxy's David Beckham chases down the ball during their MLS Western Conference final soccer match against FC Dallas in Carson, California, in this Nov 14, 2010 file photo.

Coe told BBC Radio Five: “We are not going to have a big international football tournament on domestic soil for some time so we want to use it to inspire a generation of young players.”

Coe has previously spoken to Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson about whether he would be interested in coaching the side. The English Football Association will likely have the final decision on who manages and plays for Britain, but Coe hopes stars like Ferguson and Beckham will be involved.

Agence France-Presse

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