Beckham's Olympic squad inclusion will be "up to Pearce"

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Stuart Pearce is under no pressure to select David Beckham for the Team GB football team for London 2012, the chief executive of the British Olympic Association has insisted.

Pearce has travelled to California to watch Beckham in action for the Los Angeles Galaxy but BOA chief Andy Hunt says there has never been any suggestion to the Olympic coach to choose the 37-year-old in order to sprinkle some stardust on the squad.

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

Hunt said: "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."

The Football Association have agreed that any player involved Euro 2012 with England will not be selected for the Olympics as well.

Pearce is expected to name his squad at the end of next week. Manchester United have already indicated they do not want any over-age player - such as Rio Ferdinand - to be considered apart from Ryan Giggs.

Opposition to the British team remains from the other home nations apart from England but a number of players such as Wales duo Aaron Ramsey and ex-Saint Gareth Bale have already stated their desire to be considered.

Hunt said that for some players the Olympics would be their only chance to appear in a major tournament finals.

He said: "For those who are unlikely to play at the highest international level for their country - well here's a chance."

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3:26pm Wed 20 Jun 12

lowe esteem says...

Am I old enough to remember when we enjoyed the honest endeavour of an amateur football side alongside our other sports?
This was before the advent of the celebrity/personalit
y culture that we now have to embrace. PAP! Still, could be worth a watch if Stuart Hall gets the commentary gig.
Is there any truth in the rumour that Formula One is to be a trial Olympic event?
Am I old enough to remember when we enjoyed the honest endeavour of an amateur football side alongside our other sports? This was before the advent of the celebrity/personalit y culture that we now have to embrace. PAP! Still, could be worth a watch if Stuart Hall gets the commentary gig. Is there any truth in the rumour that Formula One is to be a trial Olympic event? lowe esteem

4:27pm Wed 20 Jun 12

andysaints007 says...

Hmmmm I wonder how many of the other managers of sports at the Olympics could afford to travel to America to watch a game!! It's about time the Olympics reverted back to amateur status in all sports.
Hmmmm I wonder how many of the other managers of sports at the Olympics could afford to travel to America to watch a game!! It's about time the Olympics reverted back to amateur status in all sports. andysaints007

4:48pm Wed 20 Jun 12

georgetheseventh says...

And the people (media) bowed and scraped to their 'plastic' Gods ..(Dave..dont worry sunshine..your 'knighthood' is on the way..just wait until NEW Labour get back in..all honors downgraded).
And the people (media) bowed and scraped to their 'plastic' Gods ..(Dave..dont worry sunshine..your 'knighthood' is on the way..just wait until NEW Labour get back in..all honors downgraded). georgetheseventh

4:51pm Wed 20 Jun 12

georgetheseventh says...

Cheap n nasty Mr Psycho
Cheap n nasty Mr Psycho georgetheseventh

7:25pm Wed 20 Jun 12

Home Rule for England says...

The Welsh football authorities say they do not want to compete in a British Olympic Team. They say it could compromise having a separate Welsh national team. Seems reasonable.
So why do the Welsh authorities let teams such as Cardiff and Swansea compete in the English leagues? Why don't they play in Wales (we all know why!!)
I understand that their is a campaign to remove Welsh clubs from English football and that it is almost complete. Details will be presented to UEFA after the Euro 2012 Championships.
The Welsh football authorities say they do not want to compete in a British Olympic Team. They say it could compromise having a separate Welsh national team. Seems reasonable. So why do the Welsh authorities let teams such as Cardiff and Swansea compete in the English leagues? Why don't they play in Wales (we all know why!!) I understand that their is a campaign to remove Welsh clubs from English football and that it is almost complete. Details will be presented to UEFA after the Euro 2012 Championships. Home Rule for England

1:50pm Thu 21 Jun 12

lowe esteem says...

Home Rule for England wrote:
The Welsh football authorities say they do not want to compete in a British Olympic Team. They say it could compromise having a separate Welsh national team. Seems reasonable.
So why do the Welsh authorities let teams such as Cardiff and Swansea compete in the English leagues? Why don't they play in Wales (we all know why!!)
I understand that their is a campaign to remove Welsh clubs from English football and that it is almost complete. Details will be presented to UEFA after the Euro 2012 Championships.
But then the Football League is a little more credible than the Soccer Olympic Circus isn't it?
Good on you taff.
[quote][p][bold]Home Rule for England[/bold] wrote: The Welsh football authorities say they do not want to compete in a British Olympic Team. They say it could compromise having a separate Welsh national team. Seems reasonable. So why do the Welsh authorities let teams such as Cardiff and Swansea compete in the English leagues? Why don't they play in Wales (we all know why!!) I understand that their is a campaign to remove Welsh clubs from English football and that it is almost complete. Details will be presented to UEFA after the Euro 2012 Championships.[/p][/quote]But then the Football League is a little more credible than the Soccer Olympic Circus isn't it? Good on you taff. lowe esteem

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