2012 Olympics

Pearce: No pressure to pick Becks

July 2, 2012
By ESPN staff
Stuart Pearce has stressed there was no political pressure on him to select David Beckham for his Team GB Olympic squad.

The omission of Beckham - a key figure in the London 2012 bid process - overshadowed the naming of the 18 players who will line up at the Games.

It was widely expected that LA Galaxy midfielder Beckham would be one of the three over-age players in Pearce's squad. But the England U21s boss said his selections - Craig Bellamy, Ryan Giggs and Micah Richards ...

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