Pearce denies political pressure with Team GB squad selection

The England U-21 boss, put in charge of the side for this summer's tournament, has maintained the position that he was under no obligation to pick certain players
Team GB coach Stuart Pearce has revealed that his decision not to select David Beckham for the Olympic Games was made by him alone.

The former Manchester City boss unveiled his 18-man squad for the tournament on Monday, with LA Galaxy midfielder Beckham the most notable omission. Pearce made it clear that he was under no pressure to pick any players in particular.

"From the offset, when I sat down with the [FA] chairman David Bernstein, some time before Christmas, he offered me the opportunity to pick the squad," he told reporters.

"If at that stage he had said to me that certain individuals would have to be included I certainly wouldn't do that job.

"I don't know any manager worth their salt who would have.

"Right through this process I have had carte blanche to pick whatever players I regard as best."

The three over-age places in the squad went to Liverpool's Craig Bellamy, Manchester United's Ryan Giggs and Manchester City's Micah Richards. Team GB's first game is against Senegal on July 26 at Old Trafford.