Date: 2nd July 2012 at 4:49pm
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I`ve sat back and watched events unfold over the last couple of days.

I`ve not written anything about Stuart Pearce`s decision to omit David Beckham, as an overage player, from the Team GB Olympic squad.

I`ve sat back as pundit after pundit has put pen to paper either applauding Pearce or criticizing the man for having the balls to drop what many perceive as a national icon.

I`ve also watched on as Lord Coe placated Beckham and promised to find the LA Galaxy player a prominent role in the Olympics set-up.

But now I will have my say!

David Beckham was (the emphasis being on was) a fine player however he is now in the twilight of his career idling away his time in the MLS.

His England career ended awhile ago, the fact that he was nurtured over the 100 cap mark still rankles with some.

The Olympic motto meanders along the lines about taking part other than winning, but if that`s the case then why award Gold, Silver and Bronze medals?

Okay, so it may be the first time that a Team GB has participated in the Olympic football tournament but we need to be aware of the fact that, for several countries, the chance to win gold is a prime motive in participating.

It`ll be a competitive tournament, blood, sweat and tears will be shed, therefore it makes common sense that Pearce just had to have no room for sentiment and just had to not pick Beckham if we are to be in with a chance of emerging from our home tournament with a medal.

But then again if that is the case then you may want to ask why, out of all those overage players he could have gone for, he went for Craig Bellamy!



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