Pearce explains no pressure to select Beckham for Team GB

Team GB coach Stuart Pearce explained David Beckham was left out of the final 18-man squad for football reasons.

Team GB coach Stuart Pearce explained David Beckham was left out of the final 18-man squad for football reasons.

The England U21 boss says he was never called upon to pick a team other than for footballing reasons.

"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.

"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.

"And in regard to ticket sales and merchandise: I'm a football man and I pick solely on football ability. I have to back my opinion and that's what I have done."

 
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