Team GB's men's football team have improved markedly in each of the first three games of their reincarnation. Although the opposition faced has been progressively weaker every time, the growing understanding among Team GB players has been very encouraging.
And if it is Team GB's fate to depart early from its first Olympic football competition for several decades, then surely we should have done so being led by Beckham, who did so much to make it all possible, and certainly with representatives from across the UK.
Today, Stuart Pearce will announce his Great Britain squad for the London Olympics 2012 football tournament. It is understood that David Beckham will not be part of the final 18 with the three over-23 candidates likely to be England's Micah Richards and Wales duo Ryan Giggs and Craig Bellamy.