Pearce explains Beckham Omission
Great Britain coach Stuart Pearce confirms Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge remains a doubt for London 2012 after being treated for viral meningitis.
If Sturridge is not fit for the Games, Pearce can name a replacement – chosen from one of four standby players – by 25 July.
Pearce also discusses his decision to omit David Beckham from his squad, saying he “would not have been able to sleep at night” if he selected a player based on anything other than form.
Team GB play their one and only Olympic warm-up game against Brazil at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium on Friday, 20 July.
Beckham is not only one of the best players this country’s has ever had, but he is experienced, respected, loved by the fans and has the passion that has been so desperately missing from the England squad in recent years.
He also played a huge part in bringing the Games to London and which shouldn’t be instantly overlooked. He may be not the player he was 10 years ago but he still would have bought huge positives to the team
His decision to play in the inferior MLS has played a huge part in Pearce’s decision.
Their is no doubting the former Man City’s boss’ ability as a manager and a lot of the choices he made make sense. However, it appears he has used the famous number 7 as a martyr to show how ruthless he is and to keep the other players in check.
And what will Micah Richards will offer over David Beckham? No-one is going to lose any sleep if we don’t win the Olympics. Surely it would be more beneficial for players and fans alike to be able to see one of England’s greatest player and ambassador for the sport, back playing for the country which will surely be his last chance?
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