David Beckham Always Picked Last for Sports Teams as Kid

In a new docu-series, the former pro soccer player opens up about his own experiences playing sport as child when mentoring a group of youngsters in London.

AceShowbiz - David Beckham was always picked last for sports teams when he was a kid because he was "small and skinny." The former footballer talked about his own experiences as a youngster playing sport in new Disney Plus documentary series "Save Our Squad" which shows him mentoring the Westward Boys team from East London who play in the Echo Junior Football League - the same league in which David started his own football career.

In one scene, a boy called Orlando is picked last and, when David asks the team's coach why the boy was left until the end, the man explains it's because he is "quiet." David then gives a rousing speech to the team, explaining he was regularly picked last for teams because of his small stature as a youngster.

"There's always going to be a first pick and a last pick, that's just what it is. When I was your age, I was always picked last, always. Do you know why? Because I was the smallest, I was the skinniest and no one really wanted me on their team, that's how it was. But you know what, I worked hard," he told the group in a clip published by DailyMail.com.

The former England captain went on, "If you want to be the best in any job, in any field you go into, you have to be hungry. Are you going to show me and the coaches how hungry you are?"

The documentary series is due for release from November 9 and it will show David taking the team under his wing as they battle against relegation at the bottom of their league. A recently released teaser for Save Our Squad showed David declaring, "I want to help them to win, that's why I'm back."

He previously said of the show, "It is fantastic to... shine a light on the kind of grassroots football that I experienced, which gave me so much at the start of my life in the game... I was so fortunate to have a long and successful playing career and now to have the opportunity to give back to these communities as a mentor is incredible."

"Developing and nurturing young talent is so important in the game and it is great to be working with Disney Plus on this project."

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