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The Beckham Controversy!

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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Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday July 2 2012

Time: 4:48PM

Your Comments

Can't disagree with ya to be honest Red Boy. There's no awards for being sentimental and compassionate. Beckham was great in his day but he's now an average footballer in a below average league and he's barely got the fitness levels to even hack it out in the states. Ultimately Great Britain has to decide what's more important, getting the gold and picking the strongest squad available or selling tickets to the football so the supporters can watch now legless Beckham get ran rings around by energetic and fast youngsters. Also, it makes more sense football wise to have Bellamy over Beckham, one is playing in one of the most physically demanding leagues whilst the other can barely cut it in a ***** poor league. Ultimately, Beckhams decision to sell out and go for the glits and glamour of America has cost him his place in the England set-up and the team GB set-up, I wonder now whether he still believes it was worth it, I lost a lot of respect for him when he sold out.
TheFamousNo7
should have picked him, sentimental reasons only - lol
merlin
Would have liked to see him picked he's been a great ambassador for football and England. The lad is dedicated you can't deny. But do understand why he got left out of the squad his best days are well behind him. If I was in Pearce's position I'd have likely done the same. Though not sure about some of his other overage choices.
MotorMad
Hes just a *****er that has way too much money in relationto the level of his actual talent, what do you when you aqre overexposed overpaid overphotograped blablabla you become a bandwagon jumper because as all the hoopla and fame dies down its the only way of getting attention and his wife looks like she just sucked on a lemon.
Uskok
Pearce made the right call on Beckham, Bellamy however is a strange one. "his wife looks like she just sucked on a lemon" always thought she looked like an alien sucking on a lemon myself.
Kanchelskis
 

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