David Beckham Olympic snub explained by Stuart Pearce

You have to pity Stuart Pearce who has set about trying to pick an 18-man squad to win Olympic gold this summer and being criticised for not picking one of the most famous people on the planet.

David Beckham Olympic snub explained by Stuart Pearce

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July 2nd, 2012

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David Beckham’s omission was a surprise although we should remember that Pearce could only select three over-age players for the Great Britain squad and the manager has gone for Micah Richards, Craig Bellamy and Ryan Giggs.

Pearce named his 18-man squad on Monday, taking a moment to explain the thinking behind his squad selection.

“From the offset, when I sat down with the (Football Association) chairman David Bernstein, some time before Christmas, he offered me the opportunity to pick the squad,” he said.

“If at that stage he had said to me that certain individuals would have to be included I certainly wouldn’t do that job. I don’t know any manager worth their salt who would have.

“Right through this process I have had carte blanche to pick whatever players I regard as best.

“I do enough hours watching matches and I think I’ve done due diligence on all the players here.

“And in regard to ticket sales and merchandise: I’m a football man and I pick solely on football ability. I have to back my opinion and that’s what I have done.”

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