Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Pearce confirms Team GB selections
July 2nd, 2012 1:59PM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ
TAGS:  england, olympics

MOST COMMENTED

[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.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Sam Kerr sets NWSL record with four goals in a game    
A traumatic week for the NWSL's Sky Blue FC ended on a bright note as Samantha ...
Three U.S. refs head to U-17 World Cup     
U.S. referee Jair Marrufo and U.S. assistant referees Frank Anderson and Corey Rockwell have been selected ...
Lloyd nominated for top FIFA women's award    
Carli Lloyd, winner of back-to-back FIFA awards, is the lone American in the shortlist of 10 ...
What They're Saying: Michael Bradley    
"As athletes with the platform we have, with the role that we play in society, especially ...
Mexico beats USA in Concacaf U-15 Championship final     
After convincingly winning its first four games at the Concacaf U15 Championship, the USA fell, 2-0, ...
Crowd Count: Fire sets record at Toyota Park    
The Chicago Fire drew a sellout crowd of 21,891, its largest ever at Toyota Park for ...
USMNT 40 Tracker: Pulisic opens season with goal, assist    
Christian Pulisic needed all of 22 minutes to score his first Bundesliga goal of the season ...
Van Damme gets wish: Galaxy issues transfer to Antwerp    
Belgian defender Jelle Van Damme is heading home. The Galaxy sold the 33-year-old center back to ...
What They're Saying: Leonardo Jardim    
"Even you, if tomorrow another newspaper offers you a contract where you will earn 15 times ...
College women's soccer: Five storylines for 2017    
The 2017 college women's soccer season kicks off on Friday. The big news is that U.S. ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives