David Beckham Misses The Olympic Cut

People may, as we speak, be lighting candles outside Leytonstone Town Hall this afternoon. David Beckham, one of the more public faces of the London bid to host this summers Olympic games found out earlier today that he will not be in the squad for this summers matches, another layer of controversy added to a team which seems to be pleasing very few people at the moment. Coach Stuart Pearces rationale for leaving Beckham out is reasonably straightforward. The Olympic football tournament is a curiosity of a tournament, with squads made up on under-23 players and three over-age players allowed to take part in the competition. It had been expected in some quarters that Beckham would line up alongside Craig Bellamy and Ryan Giggs as one of the over-age players for the squad but Pearce, perhaps smartly, has opted for Micah Richards of Manchester City – who many felt should have been in the England squad for the European Championships this summer – instead. If anybody thinks that we are about to start piling the hate on Beckham, however, think again. The hysteria that surrounds his every move is not, by and large, of his making. It is a media creation at which he finds himself, whether he wants to be or not, at the centre. It is easy – probably rather too easy – to project any dislike...

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