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David Beckham escorts Olympic flame upon arrival in UK

David Beckham will take the Olympic flame at a ceremony Friday when the flame arrives from Greece. Then, the Olympic flame will go on a 70-day, 8,000-mile  relay around England ahead of the 2012 London Olympics.

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Former England football captain David Beckham, right, and London Mayor Boris Johnson attend a handover for the Olympic flame at Panathenaean stadium in Athens, Thursday, May 17, 2012. The torch arrives in England Friday. (

AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

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David Beckham wants two things: the flame to burn right and a spot on Britain's Olympic team.

The former England national team captain and Los Angeles Galaxy star will light a cauldron at a ceremony Friday when the flame arrives in southwestern England from Greece on the eve of a 70-day torch relay for the 2012 London Olympics.

"I hope it lights," he said with a chuckle.

Beckham, Princess Anne and London organizing chairman Sebastian Coe are escorting the flame, a symbol of peace and unity that harkens back to the origins of the games in ancient Greece.

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Beckham been involved in the London Games since the organizing committee launched its successful bid in 2005m and the 37-year-old is excited about the chance to welcome the world to his "hood" in east London.

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