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Beckham Omission is Right for GB

The decision by Stuart Pearce to omit David Beckham from his Team GB squad for the Olympics 2012 in London was without any equivocation the right one.

Forget any notion of Pearce's credibility being put on the line; this was purely a football choice.

So what that the 'Brand Beckham' juggernaut has been dealt a custard pie ,and that the 37-year-old has had his ego pricked. As was often the case when the former Manchester United favourite pitched up for England, the circus that followed was all about him.

It wasn’t Pearce's fault that Beckham decided to go end his club career in a league way below European standards, nor was it his fault that he thrust himself forward as the flag-bearer for Team GB.

The handwringing that ensued was typical of Beckham’s sycophants, still buzzing off his free-kick against Greece a decade ago. It has been as predictable as it is cringe-worthy.

If this was about sentiment, then why not give Lord Coe a shirt to run in the relay team? To put Beckham in because he is A-List, forgetting whether he actually merits a place, would devalue the competition.

This blogger watched Beckham at his peak, and match-going Stretford Enders will remember him fondly as a very good player – but not a great, not even for United. If he was a good as his army of followers would let you believe, Sir Alex Ferguson would not have sold him in his pomp.

The Scot took an entirely different stance, when Cristiano Ronaldo decided he wanted to quit Old Trafford for boyhood heroes, Real Madrid.

Contrast Beckham's omission to the inclusion of his decorated former United team-mate, Ryan Giggs, and the picture becomes a lot clearer.

Team GB are third-favourites for the gold, this summer, according to the soccer betting tips , behind Brazil and Spain. Fans of the Olympics might want to give live soccer betting a try, for an entirely unique gambling experience.

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Last Updated 27 September 2017
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