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Pearce confirms Team GB selections
July 2nd, 2012 1:59PM
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[OLYMPIC COUNTDOWN] Stuart Pearce named 13 English players and five Welshmen to his 18-man Team GB squad for the Olympic men's soccer competition.

He confirmed the selection of Ryan Giggs, Craig Bellamy and Micah Richards -- and not David Beckham -- for the three over-age players allowed.

Pearce said he was under no pressure to pick Beckham -- a key figure in the London 2012 bid process.

"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."

The 2012 London Olympics will mark the first time that Team GB have competed in men's soccer since the 1960 Games in Rome.

Team GB Roster:
Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Birmingham), Jason Steele (Middlesbrough);
Defenders: Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea), Steven Caulker (Tottenham), Craig Dawson (West Brom), Micah Richards (Man. City), Neil Taylor (Swansea), James Tomkins (West Ham).
Midfielders: Joe Allen (Swansea), Tom Cleverley (Man. United), Jack Cork (Southampton), Ryan Giggs (Man. United), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), Danny Rose (Tottenham), Scott Sinclair (Swansea);
Forwards: Craig Bellamy (Liverpool), Marvin Sordell (Bolton), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea).



2 comments
  1. Paul Castillo
    commented on: July 3, 2012 at 8:12 a.m.
    Riiiiight. His salt would have been offended had he been told to include Beckham ... the face of English football for years. Of course the guy is in his twighlight ... but deserving of a spot no question. Name me another member of the English Olympic side who would be under serious consideration to carry the union jack in the opening ceremony? Pearce completely misses the point. This isnt a relay team ... its a squad with room for 1-2 selections that trancend traditional rationale. I look forward to hearing about how the 18th member of the Brit Olympic sides comes to the rescue. Riiiight.
  1. Aris Protopapadakis
    commented on: July 3, 2012 at 5:32 p.m.
    Beckam has been a "has been" by the time he came to the Galaxy. Six years on, he is seriously has been, not that he ever was a suoer player on the pitch. He has(d) some outsatnding attributes (like crossing) which worked really well for top teams. But Olympic soccer is a serious event. Why would any coach waste a spot for Mr Beckham? Particularly if you are England and would kill for some good soccer news.

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