• Former England captain was overlooked by Stuart Pearce
• Organisers plan to hand 37-year-old role at Olympics
The London 2012 chairman, Lord Coe, has said he was disappointed by Stuart Pearce's decision not to include David Beckham in the Team GB men's Olympic football team. Beckham was widely expected to be picked for this summer's tournament, but Pearce raised eyebrows by selecting Craig Bellamy, Ryan Giggs and Micah Richards as his three over-23 players instead.
Coe's comments hinted at Pearce going off-message by overlooking Beckham, although he said he respected the coach's right to make decisions without outside interference and also confirmed that the former England captain would still have a part to play at the Games.
"Personally I would have loved to have seen him in the football team, but I'm not the coach and you always have to accept the decision that coaches and selectors make," Coe said on BBC's Sportsweek programme. "They're horrible decisions to have to make. From a football fan, of course I'd loved to have seen him there."
When the squad announcement was made last month, Pearce defended omitting Beckham, insisting he picked his 18 man squad for "football reasons" and not based on sentimentality, personality or potential ticket sales, although Beckham demonstrated that he arguably still has something to offer with two classy goals in LA Galaxy's 5-3 win over Portland Timbers on Saturday night. Beckham's first goal was a fine curling effort from 35 yards out, before he added to that strike with a trademark free-kick.
Coe remains keen to find Beckham a role at the Games, pointing out that he deserves recognition for helping to bring the Olympics to London. However Coe gave another indication that the 37-year-old's omission from the football squad had taken him and the British Olympic Association by surprise by admitting that with less than a fortnight left until the start of the Olympics, he remains unsure of how Beckham will be involved.
"He's always been a part of our team and he was with us when we poked our heads above the parapet and said this was a good idea, he was there when we handed the documentation over," said Coe. "He was there with us in Singapore and he's devoted a lot of time to helping us, so he'll always be a part of the team.
"We're still looking at what he might be involved with and clearly a lot of David's plans changed anyway once he heard he wasn't in the final squad, so he will be with us at the Games and we're still working through that. He's a part of our team. Quite what he does and when he does it is still being worked through." Read More
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