Pearce rules out Team GB backroom role for Beckham

Great Britain coach Stuart Pearce has ruled out David Beckham being part of the backroom staff at the Olympics.

Pearce said there would be no place on his staff for Beckham, due to a restriction on numbers in the backroom positions.

Asked directly if Beckham would be part of the touchline team - much as he was at the 2010 World Cup which he missed through injury - Pearce said: "That won't be the case with regards to David.

"With what he's done to bring the bid to these shores, I for one would champion him for what he's done for the cause.

"But we only have seven passes (for backroom staff). We have no passes for that. The players have to be prepared to come through the door on form alone and that happens to be the case with staffing too: they have their role to play."

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