Sport Micah Richards admits he is savouring the good times having gone through the bad in 2007 when Manchester City didn't score in eight matches

Richards was part of the side that went eight matches without scoring back in 2007 and admits he can't believe his eyes when he looks around at his teammates

Manager Stuart Pearce has left David Beckham out of the TeamGB football squad

David Beckham says gold medal winner should light Olympic flame

David Beckham has suggested he is not the right man to light the Olympic flame to officially open the London Games, saying yesterday the honour should go to an Olympian who has won gold medals.

Ryan Giggs is the captain of the Team GB squad

FA issue warning over illegal tickets to watch Team GB

Football Association chiefs have warned fans hoping to see Team GB in action ahead of the Olympic Games against buying tickets from unauthorised websites.

Ryan Giggs on the men's team

Giggs given leading role on the world stage at last

It is not on a par with a World Cup, nor even a European Championship, but the Olympic Games football competition will at least allow Ryan Giggs to complete his honour-laden career without the regret that he never played in an international tournament.

Ryan Giggs is the captain of the Team GB squad

Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs finally gets leading role on the world stage with Olympics captaincy

It is not on a par with a World Cup, nor even a European Championship, but the Olympic Games football competition will at least allow Ryan Giggs to complete his honour-laden career without the regret that he never played in an international tournament.

Taking steps: Barnes says England should follow Germany's lead

Barnes fears for England in trying to catch Spain best

That goal in Rio de Janeiro's Maracana nearly three decades ago provided a tantalising hint of what English football could produce, but John Barnes has provided a sobering assessment of the national team's long road to aspirations of silverware. Things may get worse before they get better, he says, because the power of the Premier League will continue to prevent young players gaining the top-flight experience integral to the flourishing of Spain and Germany.

David Beckham

David Beckham hit with ban over 'confrontational and provocative behaviour'

Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham has been banned for one game and fined an undisclosed amount for his "confrontational and provocative behaviour" during and after last weekend's defeat at San Jose.

Bolton striker Marvin Sordell ready for Team GB

Bolton striker Marvin Sordell was as surprised as many observers when his place in the Team GB Olympic squad was confirmed.

Daniel Sturridge, 22, Chelsea

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo admits Olympics is not ideal

Roberto di Matteo admits having pre-season disrupted by the Olympics is not ideal, but hopes his Chelsea players selected make the most of the experience.

Stuart Pearce is felt at the FA to have enough on his plate already

Harry Redknapp gives Stuart Pearce 'credit for being brave' after dropping David Beckham from Olympics squad

Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp believes Great Britain Olympics football coach Stuart Pearce "can kiss goodbye to a knighthood" after he opted to leave David Beckham out of his squad, but hailed Pearce's bravery for selecting the side he wanted.

David Beckham with Seb Coes at the Olympic Stadium

David Beckham to be offered role for Olympic Games says Sebastian Coe

London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe will offer David Beckham a role for the Games after the midfielder's dreams of playing for Great Britain in the Olympics were dashed.

No golden swansong for Goldenballs as outrage greets Beckham TeamGB decision

He, along with Seb Coe and Tony Blair, is widely credited as the man who brought the games to London.

David Beckham lights the Olympic Torch

David Beckham stunned after missing out on selection for the Team GB Olympic football squad

David Beckham has revealed that he has failed to make the cut for the Team GB Olympic football squad.

Got it taped: Joe Hart is determined to make his presence felt at the European Championship and is eager for England to reward their 'great supporters'

If it goes to penalties, then Hart is ready at either end

As penalty kicks and England tend to go together, there is every opportunity for Joe Hart to make an even bigger name for himself at the European Championship over the next few weeks. At both ends of the pitch too, for like Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer, who smashed one past Petr Cech in the Champions League final, the Manchester City goalkeeper is just as happy taking them as stopping them.

'No pressure' for Stuart Pearce to pick David Beckham for Olympic team despite support role

David Beckham has played a key role in backing the London 2012 Games, but it does not mean that Stuart Pearce has to pick him for the Olympic football team, Lord Coe said today.

Ryan Giggs continues to play a key role for United

Manchester United's Ryan Giggs excited by Olympics opportunity

Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs has called the possibility of representing Great Britain at Olympics as "fantastic".

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