English football icon David Beckham's dream of Olympic participation was given a boost after he was included in Britain's 35-man provisional squad on Friday.
The announcement of Stuart Pearce's final 18-man squad will be made on July 6 and Beckham, if confirmed in the final squad, would appear as one of three permitted overage players.
Ryan Giggs, Craig Bellamy, Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard have also been mentioned as potential candidates.
Beckham's name has been a constant though, mainly due to the influential role he played in getting the Olympics to London in the first place.
The 37-year-old is still hugely popular despite not having played club football in England for nine years.
Former England footballer David Beckham carries the Olympic torch as it arrives at RNAS Culdrose air base in Cornwall, south-west England, on May 18, 2012. The Olympic Torch relay starts on Saturday at Land's End, the southwest tip of England, to begin an 8,000-mile (12,875-kilometre) journey around Britain, with a detour to also visit the Irish capital Dublin. It will culminate in the flame being brought to the Olympic Stadium for the opening of the Games on July 27. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT