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Pearce: Beckham not a given for Team GB

David Beckham will be selected on merit for Team GB and not because of the star quality he will add to the squad. The chief executive of the British Olympic Association Andy Hunt stated there has never been any suggestion to coach Stuart Pearce that he choose the 37-year-old.

The men's Olympic squads are restricted to players aged under 23 but three over-age players are also permitted.

Hunt told the Press Association: "Stuart Pearce will make a decision on the best squad available given where he is in respect of now having assessed the players that are not involved in the Euros and the current state of injuries.

"He will then make the best call he can - on merit.

"I am not putting any pressure of him whatsoever to pick anyone. We discussed the whole topic of selecting over-23 players back more than a year ago but I haven't subsequently.

"We have been very clear from the outset, it's absolutely Stuart's choice and he is totally free to make the selection of the team he believes will put in the best performance. It's as simple as that."

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