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David Beckham Has "Some Kind of Role" at Olympic Opening Ceremony

That role for the LA Galaxy mid and former England captain is likely to remain a surprise until the July 27 event

By Jonathan Lloyd
|  Tuesday, Jul 24, 2012  |  Updated 2:11 PM PDT
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David Beckham won't play in front of cheering fans as part of England's soccer team at the London Olympics, but the LA Galaxy midfielder still has a spot in front of the crowd at Olympic Stadium.

Beckham, 37, told the Associated Press he will have "some kind of role in the opening ceremony."

Beckham told the AP he was "honored to be involved," but did not elaborate on what exactly he would be doing during the opening ceremony, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Beckham confirmed last month that he would not be part of England's 18-man Olympic squad. He expressed disappointment in a statement, but added that he would back the national team when he is not playing for his MLS squad.

"I'll be going back and forward but I'll definitely be trying to get to a few events,'' he told the AP.

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