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Harsh from Pearce. This is football at the Olympics, not a World Cup. I'm sure the public aren't going to be gutted and blame Beckham if we don't get gold. Would have been a nice way for him to bow out on English soil, especially considering the work he has put into these games. You never know, 1-0 down late in the final; free-kick 30 yards out and Pearce might be cursing his judgement...
This was not an easy one for Stuart Pearce, but the right one.With all due respect David Beckham is not good enough these days to make any international line up.His team LA Galaxy is not playing well, and you can't pick on sentiment.The Olympics are for the best in their sport, and some top ones haven't made it, and DB is certainly not at the top now. Stuart Pearce will choose the best team.
Shame for David, amazing player and ambassador for the sport; his inclusion may very well have boosted the profile of the event but on the other hand is he denying a younger player the highlight of their career? Just seems a shame considering the amount he has contributed for him not to 'go out' on a high.
Real shame. Considering the other talent we've been unable to select from, due to the Euro's, I thought Beckham would get a place and would make a fine captain for the team. He'd not only raise the profile, but he'd be an asset in the dressing room I'm sure and on the pitch he still has the ability to deliver.
Pick the best 18 players you can within the limitations that are imposed. There is no room for sentimentality at this level of sport. Beckham has been a great ambassador for football, Great Britain and the Olympics, but so has Lord Coe and he won't be running the 1500m either.
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