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Where's the support for Beckham?

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Team GB worst kept secret, that Stuart Pearce's 18 man football squad has no place for David Beckham was finally confirmed today.

Pearce said he made it clear when he was appointed that he would only pick players based on merit, and would not have taken the job if he was not in full control over squad selection.

Team GB football squad
Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (England), Jason Steele (England)

Defenders: Ryan Bertrand (England), Steven Caulker (England), Craig Dawson (England), Micah Richards (England), Danny Rose (England), Neil Taylor (Wales), James Tomkins (England)

Midfielders: Joe Allen (Wales), Tom Cleverley (England), Jack Cork (England), Ryan Giggs (Wales), Aaron Ramsey (Wales), Scott Sinclair (England)

Forwards: Craig Bellamy (Wales), Marvin Sordell (England), Daniel Sturridge (England)

"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," Pearce said as the squad was revealed earlier today.

"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."

The Team GB squad is made up of 13 Englishmen and five Welsh players, with no representatives from either Scotland or Northern Ireland.

"I've got a list of names written down now, who I think ability-wise are good enough to do a job," said Pearce.

"I didn't pick on personality, I didn't pick on ticket sales and I certainly wasn't picking on nationality."

Whilst Pearce says his decision not to pick David Beckham in his Team GB squad for London 2012 was made purely for football reasons, and stressed he would not pick any player based on sentiment  surely 'football reason's' in this case would have extended to looking at the bigger football picture. One can only assume the lack of media outrage generally is a result of Beckham himself. Always the dignified diplomat, Beckham has come out of this with his reputation enhanced. It seems inconceivable though that Pearce's assertion that the reason there is no behind the scenes role for Beckham is becasue he only has 7 back room passes is almost laughable.

Those with a more cynical eye might be forgiven for thinking Pearce is afraid Beckham will steal the limelight - and he'd be right - but surely that's just what the men's football competition needs - lighting up?

What do you think? Should Beckham have been included or not?



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