Beckham Should Leave Gracefully

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When Barack Obama held a White House reception for David Beckham and his Los Angeles Galaxy team-mates in May, the president of the United States briefly seemed mildly taken aback. When talk turned to the prospect of Beckham playing for Stuart Pearce's Great Britain side at the Olympics, Obama reminded the former England captain that he was old enough to have fathered several of his potential team-mates, most of whom are under 23.

Beckham is 37. At that age the majority of outfield players have long since retired, which is very possibly what the former Manchester United winger would have done a couple of seasons ago had he still been playing...

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